Well, it’s that time of the year again, time to get fit and active as we move into the spring and summer. It is particularly pertinent for me this year following my ankle surgery.
Since my last blog, I’m delighted to confirm that I’ve assembled a team of another 20 members of staff to ride alongside me, although I suspect many of them will finish long before me.
You may have seen on Twitter that I have been taking my training up a gear, having completed 30 miles over the weekend including an 18-mile ride on Sunday. It’s all good preparation for the 100+ mile route on the day, which I’m expecting to take around 10 hours to complete.
I will be posting pictures of my training throughout the build up to the big day – mostly for comedic effect as I don’t really cut the profile of a cyclist! But, hopefully over the next 2 months you will see my journey back to fitness.
I hope that seeing this journey will raise awareness among staff and the general public of the benefits of physical activity. As you know, I do a challenge every year (albeit missing 2019 due to surgery), with the intention of raising awareness and proving that if I can do it then anyone can.
With your help in 2018 we did a great job of getting the message out there when I took on the Offa’s Dyke walk, with over 170 people from across a range of government departments joining me on different parts of the walk. It would be great if you could help me raise the profile again under the banner Len’s Challenge, and I would be hugely appreciative if you could put out a personal note to family, friends and direct reports to help cascade these important messages far and wide.
It would be fantastic if you could find it in your hearts to sponsor the team. We’re doing this ride to support two hugely worthwhile charities – my Improving Chances charity that supports children with disabilities in a special school in Fort Portal in Uganda, and Children’s Cancer Care Sierra Leone through the Cardiff & Vale Health Charity.
Thanks for your support.