This month sees me reach the BIG 50, and for the last six months people have been asking me whether it worries me – so far my standard answer has been ‘Well it is better than the alternative’. In truth however being 50 is bothering me more than I ever thought it could, I have made my Will and my affairs are in order, I even have a pension, but 50 has given me cause to reflect and rebel against my age.
So for my 50th year I have set myself four challenges – all by bicycle.
· The ride of my life – from the council flat where I was born in Bloxwich, just north of Birmingham to my family home in Market Deeping - 92 miles in one day.
· Market Deeping To Edinburgh - 330 miles in 3 days at the start of May with stop offs in York and Newcastle.
· Mont Ventoux – a 60 mile ride up the 2000 metre Giant of Provence, where Chris Froome won a Tour de France stage last year.
· The Prudential London 100 – in August, 100 miles starting at the Olympic park, through the garden of England finishing on the Mall with 24,000 like minded cyclists.
All of this is very self-indulgent and might even be seen as selfish, but the challenges are for a reason. We are raising money for Jamie Jones and The Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. Everyone has heard of Great Ormond Street and knows how they help sick children, but you might not have heard of Jamie. Jamie is a two year old patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has an extremely rare condition Spondylocostal Dysotosis which he receives fantastic care for at GOSH.
Jamie's family along with friends, The Deeping Stage and The riding for Jamie team are aiming to raising £50,000 for the hospitals new Post Anaesthetic care unit, which cares for children after operations. So far Jamie’s mum Jemma has raised over £21,000 for this fantastic cause and we want to help her reach her goal.
The challenges kick off with the ride of my life on April 6th, If you can spare a little and help towards the target please visit the just giving fundraising page http://www.justgiving.com/ridingforjamie