Friday, 12 June 2009

777km cycle relay (North London)

Fell short by 223km this time in our second attempt at 1000k, but taking into account the weather it was a valiant effort by all. True to our original vision to involve the olympic boroughs of East London, we were joined this year by Newham and Redbridge, courtesy of AirFootball, a brilliant sports community development programme. I have just come back from a football tournament they've been running in the East End and they are doing amazing work with young people on probation, as well as drugs and mental health groups.

Friday, 8 May 2009

By popular request

The North chilterns without my massive head in the way

Sunday, 26 April 2009

sunny chilterns run 23 miles

I found out today it was the London Flora marathon (happening about 6 miles from my house) so instead I drove for an hour to Princes Risborough in the chilterns to do a training run and to be fair I think for me it was a lot more pleasureable. Ran a fast 20 mile race over the berkshire downs 2 weeks ago, but I needed a long hilly ru now I've recovered from that. Between Risboro and Wendover is spectacular as you'll see from the photos. I tried to find a swimming spot on the thames after for my first "wild swim" of the year, but the currents were too strong east of Marlow and it was too muddy and busy. I got a good tip off though for next time further west near Henley.

It's April 29th and I'm burnt!

Friday, 13 March 2009

Wye Valley Ultra 30 miles

Came 44th out of one hundred & something. got beat by a girl (quite a lot of girls actually). Learned great lesson (I'm not trying hard enough)! Too stingy & tired to download local photographers shots.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Beacon Hill to Grims Ditch & back (14.5 miles)

I'm back, and still shunning lycra(?) running tights! I just can't bring myself to do it. Please notice also...excellent luminous green shoe colour.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Success? 1099K's completed.

That's right. almost 1100k cycled run or walked, in total by the combined efforts of 70 people,mostly recovering people and some members of the public in the Haringey/Hackney/Islington areas, and almost £500 raised. The most noticeable feature though was the vibe of togetherness of the public and people in recovery. Total strangers were willing to help us, and work with their own children in tow to increase our achievement. Some noticeable feats of endurance and pushing back personal boundaries were achieved, most notably 2 people who had not cycled more than 10 miles previously who both exceeded 35 miles. The course was hilly and not easy to cycle. A number of children including the local youth joined us. Next we will attempt to bring more areas of east london on board.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

1000K in a day build up

I've been concentrating all my efforts on a 1000K combined cycle relay in Finsbury Park North London. It is happening, this Saturday 27th September. Logistics have been a nightmare, and my ultrarunning exploits have had to take a back seat, but thats a positive because we now number 10-20 hardcore recovering people who have taken endurance sports on as a way of expressing ourselves and being of service to others. It's a fundraiser, all proceeds go to providing more sports and outdoor pursuits for people with addiction issues in our borough of North London.

About 2 months ago we were awarded £5000 by the London Cycling Campaign, and since then we haven't looked back, organising this event as a way of publicising our philosophy of phsysical lifestyle as a way of focusing your life post drugs/alcohol.

All the local cycle shops have sponsored us, the supermarkets and cafes have helped us out with food, and the local press and drug/alcohol therapy trade press will be in attendance.

We've been training hard in the parks and along the canals of North & East London, along the Thames, through the City & West End. if we raise enough money we'll go out to the Chilterns this Autumn for some serious mountain biking (and trail running). See the Wheels of Recovery blog in the links.