If you think you need a super-expensive bike to do super-amazing things then think again! One of our readers, Keith Taylor, got in touch to tell us about a recent charity bike ride he did on his £250 bike, raising over £1000 for Claire House Children’s Hospice. How totally awesome is that!
Here’s Keith’s fantastic story
On the 1st July this year, I embarked on a 52 mile charity bike ride in aid of Claire House Childrens Hospice. After cycling for the last 18 months, I really wanted to ‘do something’, instead of just riding around! I’m 64 years old and the last time I had ridden a bike was around 50 years ago!!
The opportunity came about via Facebook, by way of an advert/appeal. Well I was determined to achieve something, firstly for me and secondly for a charity, to help children with incurable illnesses.
So on Sunday 1st July at 7am I entered the Mersey tunnel – quite a unique way to get from Liverpool to Chester, the tunnel was closed to traffic to allow cycles through. The exhilaration was amazing, I’ve driven through many, many times and walked it to celebrate its 60 years anniversary, but now cycling through, it was just stunning.
The day was warm and sunny, the camaraderie between cyclists was encouraging me to press on through the built-up areas of Birkenhead and Rock Ferry out to the countryside of Cheshire. The view from Parkgate over to North Wales, was extremely pleasant. The first stop was 13 miles in, with free fruit, biscuits and water. The weather was getting warmer and a bit harder to cycle but the camaraderie pushed me on to Chester.
Arriving at the Countess of Chester hospital after about 90 minutes, it was nice to ease myself from the saddle! 25 miles, wowie, it felt good really good to be doing something for charity! After refuelling and hydrating, I set off for the ride back to Liverpool. Towards Ellesmere Port and Bromborough, the countryside was ever changing from rural into more urban areas.
Passing Storton Woods back into Birkenhead at around 42 miles there was a heck of a steep climb – must admit I was getting a bit tired and walked up, but at the top I hopped back on the saddle knowing that I was nearly there and pedalled like crazy to reach Birkenhead Park (did you know this was the very first municipal park in Great Britain and that Central Park was modelled on it!)
Only a few miles to go to the tunnel, renewed energy coursing through my body, I entered the tunnel back to Liverpool, whereupon I received a welcome bottle of water and some biscuits but more importantly my medal!! The euphoria was overwhelming when I saw my little boy and wife waiting for me after about 4 and a half hours of cycling.
52 miles. Woo!!
So here I am, a stone and a half lighter, fitter and feeling pretty good about myself and the fact that I raised over £1000 for Claire House ??.
Then on 15th August, I had the pleasure of handing over the £1000 to Claire House Children’s Hospice – sponsorship money so kindly donated by my colleagues, friends and family.
The ride has inspired me to do more and next year, instead of riding Liverpool to Chester and back again, I’ll go around Delamere Forest and back to Liverpool for 100 miles.
Amazing effort Keith!
Well, Keith, we take our hats off to you! You are an inspiration to all of us and we’re so glad we are able to share your story with our readers. Just goes to show, if you’ve got the legs and determination, you don’t need an expensive bike to achieve amazing things 🙂
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