This year I have decided to set myself a challenge; a coast-to-coast mountain bike journey. 200 miles, 18,000ft ascent, through 3 national parks in 3 days – The Crossing. I have wanted to do this for a couple of years but events just got in the way. I ride my bike a lot; for solace, scenery, fitness, laughs, friendship, work and escapism from the mayhem that is everyday life.

The more I thought about it, the more I thought that although I wanted to do this for myself, I wanted to do this for others. That’s when the idea of trying to raise some money for two charities close to my heart came – I am doing this anyway and have paid the entry fee so even if I only raise a few quid it is better than nothing. That’s not good enough for me though, so I am hoping that through this blog I can describe why I am doing this, how the training is going, tell a story of the actual event, the highs and lows and spread the awareness of what a vital, life-saving job these two organisations do. If it touches some of you enough to donate 10p a mile then that’s a tenner per charity and will allow them to continue to save lives.

The Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team spent last week helping, saving and evacuating local residents in Hawick and Peebles as the floods tore through homes and businesses at Christmas time.

The SCAA’s Helimed 76 was called out twice on Christmas Day; both flights saved precious hours and minutes by flying the casualties from remote and rural areas to a main hospital.

Please donate, anything: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CharityCrossing


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