Lands End to John O'Groats Bike Ride
Michael was born on the 21st November 1994. He was born with a cleft lip. This was repaired at Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead when he was 6 weeks old. He and Tom will be cycling from Lands End to John o' Groats in the summer of 2012 to raise money for The Smile Train.
Tom and Mike have been talking to Uncle John and Auntie Rachel and they have offered to carry their kit for them for the duration of the ride. They have decided to start their ride on the 6th August 2012. A camper van has been booked for two and a half weeks, so lets hope they complete it in this time!
Tom and Michael have now booked all their Youth Hostels for the duration of the ride. They will be stopping at the following hostels
Monday 6th August; The boys were waved off at approx 2.30 this morning to begin the ride. The last I heard they had eaten breakfast at Okehampton and had about another 40 miles to go to get to Lands End.
10.32am They are in Lands End. They had a good journey and slept on the way down.
12.30hrs Michaels chain has broken after just 5 miles. The Cottington Support Team are on the way to the rescue with spare parts!
13.45hrs Chain fixed. Back on the road.
Tom and Mike arrived at Treyanon Bay YHA at about 10.30pm to be greeted by a welcome party of friends on holiday in the area. They were exhausted but full of high spirits.
Tuesday 7th August;
Tom and Michael had a wet day today and where glad to get to the YHA at Okehampton. Believe it or not they have actually caught the sun a bit! Unfortunately they didn't realise this and applied deep heat to their legs to relive the aching muscles!! You can imagine the result! Auntie Rachel cooked up a cracking dinner of bangers and mash for them in a layby- perhaps the Cottington Support Team will be known as 'Rachels Diner' by the end of the ride! Michael emailed a few photos, that I have posted on the right hand side of this page.
Wednesday 8th August;
The boys had a better day today than Tuesday. It did not rain so much and they were able to enjoy the scenery a little more. They covered 94 miles from Okehampton to Cheddar starting at 08.30hrs and finishing at 20.00hrs. Michael made the comment ‘we are eating loads!’( no change there then!) They managed four meals today including a full English breakfast at the YHA, dinner in a restaurant and again at ‘Rachel’s Diner’ in the evening! A guy came past them on a Harley Davison and shouted out ‘Come on boys, keep going’, this helped to boost their morale! They had got a room to themselves again tonight. I should have some more photos later.
Thursday 9th August;
The boys are doing well. Although they are finding it tough going. (They would appreciate your prayers.) John and Rachel caught up with them about 30 miles from Leominster. They made them sandwhiches and took their panniers for them and dropped them at the YHA. This was a help, as the weight of them slows you down considerably. They cycled another long day of 94 miles and finished at about 20.15hrs last night. They got their own room again at the YHA and slept well. Everyone is being very generous with sponsorship we have had over £150 just through the shop in the last two days.
Friday 10th August;
08.30hrs - Breakfast at Morrisons this morning!
13.30hrs - John and Rachel have passed the boys again this morning. They stopped with 'refreshments.' Weather very hot, which is better than rain apparently! They have had lots of texts this morning which has really encouraged them! They are currently 2 miles from Shrewsbury and were hoping for some lunch.
16.30hrs - Michael just phoned. They are getting lots of cheery waves and hoots from cars and tractors as people overtake them! They have ridden 55 miles so far.
Saturday 11th August;
The boys had a good day on Saturday. They had a 7 mile long climb up to the YHA at Slaidburn, which Michaels said was very quiet. Tom's knee was playing up so was cycling with one leg- he now has one leg bigger than the other! A total of 100.5 miles.
Sunday 12th August;
Day of Rest
Monday 13th August;
10.45hrs- The boys climbed another 9 miles up into the mountains out of Slaidburn, towards High Bentham. They met up with Uncle John and Auntie Rachel and gave them a load of dirty washing! They were heading for Kirkby Lonsdale where they were hoping to meet Naomi and Vicki with Naomi's family for lunch. The girls had taken the boys panniers for them last night to make the ride a little easier. this of course has meant they can cycle easier. (It reminds me of Hebrews 12:1-2 "let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus..")
They managed to get up to 44mph going downhill.
Tuesday 14th August;
(Apologies for not 'blogging' enough - I am on holiday!)
Today was a bit boring. The boys cycled along the same road all day and there wasn't much to look at. They passed over the border into 'wee Scotland'. It was flat and very barren.
Wednesday 15th August;
Today Mike and Tom had a better day. For one thing it was a short day! Very windy making cycling a lot harder. About 85 miles.
I have just added some more photos. See 'Photo's from Ride 2.
Thursday 16th August;
Left SYHA Stirling at 08.30hrs.
17.03hrs - I just spoke to Mike, so far they have done 76 miles in 5 hours. The reception was patchy so the conversation didn't last long. When I asked how he was he replied "wet - wet and cold" (He got soaked by a passing lorry while I was speaking to him!) They are about 8 or 10 miles from Glen Coe. They have been going though the mountains all day, it's quite windy but very scenic.
18.47 hrs - New photos added (see Photo's from Vicki)
Friday 17th August;
19.57hrs - More photos added.
The boys cycled through heavy rain this morning but had a better afternoon. They cycled 65 miles mostly along Loch Ness. The SYHA is right on the waters edge. This mad for some good photos but it was not so good on the mosquito front! Tom's legs looked like he had measles.
Saturday 18th August;
The boys had their longest day today at 100.7 miles and are very tired. Michael had to have a new wheel as he had broken a spoke. They are staying at SYHA Helmsdale and have 8 other guys in their room! John and Rachel are collecting them tommorrow morning for worship at Dornoch. They have just 55 miles to John o' Groats. Michael said he just wants to finish and get home now.
The amount raised is now over £3000. That is enough to give 20 children smiles, to change 20 childrens lives - thank you to everyone who has supported the boys. THANK YOU.
Monday 20th August;
THEY HAVE FINISHED. Just before lunch today. It was a total of 1142 miles. They are now heading back to Sussex.
Tuesday 21st August;
17.10hrs - Mike and Tom have got back home. There was a welcome party in the car park to welcome them home. Michael said - "Feels really good to be finished and achieved something like this." (Mummy and Daddy are glad to have him back! - and Naomi)
Monday 27th August;
More photos added. See Photos from Ride '4'. There will be more to come!