September 26 2012

Looking Back from the Saddle

RETROSPECT BIKE & HIKE – LOOKING BACK FROM THE SADDLE

“When we decided on our activity to kick off our annual charity efforts for 2012, neither my fellow Park Leisure director Gary nor I fully appreciated how tough a challenge it would be. As perennial charity contributors whose previous efforts had seen us don our Lycra and amass hundreds of miles on our bikes for Help for Heroes, we were looking to make this year’s efforts different.

So, after much debate, it was decided that we, along with our colleagues James & Grant, would attempt our most extreme test to-date. A bike ride that would not only see us bike over 500 miles from mid-Wales, through North West England eventually finishing in North Scotland, but also hike up the three tallest mountains in the UK – Snowdon, Scarfell & Ben Nevis – all within 6 days.

The Three Peaks Bike & Hike Challenge was born in aid of two fantastic charities close to our hearts; Cancer Research UK & Cash for Kids.

On a miserable Sunday 1st July, the four of us set out on a six-day journey that saw us overcome a serious accident (resulting in a doctor visit), muscle strains and saddle sores, not to mention battle through weather conditions that I can only sum up as typical for a British Summer… wet & windy!

Not only did we push our bodies to the limits, we also pushed our bikes – infact at one point I reached 45 mph whilst riding downhill through the Scottish Highlands… quite hairy on just two wheels!

Couple this with the three mountain climbs, which we literally ‘stomped up & down’ in record time, the four of us witnessed some of the most stunning scenery the UK has to offer and whilst it’s hard to pick a particular highlight, we were all particularly blown away by the breath-taking views that greeted us at the top of Ben Nevis… simply amazing!

To put a cherry on top, thus far we have managed to raise in excess of £12,000 thanks to the generous support of the Park Leisure owners, suppliers, our friends and family.”

The challenge may be complete but our mission to raise more is still ongoing: please check out our Just Giving page at justgiving.com/park-leisure

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