IWS M&E CAD Technician Simon Elwell took on the 300-mile cycle challenge on behalf of Cancer Research UK over the month of September. Simon took on this challenge to raise money for a charity that is close to his heart. Simon’s father was diagnosed with Leukaemia in April 2016. Thankfully Simon’s father received a swift diagnosis and was able to be treated to stabilise his condition.
As if this wasn’t enough of an incentive, more recently a work colleague of Simon’s was diagnosed with exactly the same form of leukaemia as his father. So the challenge was on behalf of both of them.
As for the ride, it sounded a good idea at the time – 300 miles over 30 days, that’s circa 10 miles a day. Easy right?
Simon thought he would start out on Day 1 by taking on a simple route down an old railway track that had been tarmacked, then looping back along the canal. It was in to the ride that Simon discovered the railway only went for 2 miles before turning into a bog that was impossible to cycle through. 10.8 miles complete! On Day 2, Simon chose to stick to the canal, chalking up 14.4 miles in an hour and 20 minutes. So far so good, and well ahead of target.
After a blistering start Simon started to find it difficult to find the time to get the miles in, so to stay on track he had to undertake 14.4 miles twice that week, with 26.7 miles on day 9. Soon the Great British weather put an end to cycling the canal and after a quick check of the rules and Simon cracked on with the miles on his exercise bike recording a personal best of 20 miles in 53 minutes 43 seconds.
With a week to go, Simon still had 153 miles to complete and was forced to end the challenge with 48 miles on the last day. So far Simon has raised £488 with SSI Services donating a further £50 bringing the total to £538! This was well over Simon’s original £200 target which is fantastic so thank you to everyone that has donated so far.
If you would like to sponsor Simon please click on the following link: Sponsor Simon