Charlie’s Blog

Nearly time to go

Just 4 days before we set off for John O’Groats. Nerves are kicking in but I’m sure all will be ok when we set off. Not been training much at all due to a chest infection but I’m hoping my previous running stamina will get me through! Nigel, Aaron and I will be sleeping in a van for the week donated by K Laundry. Aaron will be following us back carrying all the supplies we need. We are aiming to be back at around midday on Sunday 28th September arriving at Broadstairs Bandstand. Please support us by going to this website and hit the DONATE button, thank you!

Where have I been!

Really sorry for not posting for a long while but working 11.5 hour shifts, family and training albeit not a lot has really taken its toll! Nigel is doing brilliantly with his preparation doing many long rides. He has completed more rides over 100 miles than I will probably do in a lifetime! but he is ‘The Cyclist’ I am the ‘Runner’ or ‘Cockney walker’ as I’m affectionately known as.

Well we’re only just over 2 weeks away and my nerves are kicking in! Nervous about the ride not so, more worried about the weather! Riding against gale force wind and rain (which we had when doing Lands End-John O’Groats) is really not good! But this ride completes our cycle around Britain so an excitement is building as well.

Fund raising has been reasonable but to boost the fund we are planning some ‘We did it’ days, I will let you know where they are. This weekend I got my backside into gear by cycling 5o miles on Saturday and 75 on Sunday. Nigel also did a 75 mile coastal ride.

Please support us if you can and donate through the website. Off to start another 11.5 hour shift, may post something later today.


Story so far

If you’ve read ‘Charlie and Nigel’s’ story on Lands End to John O’Groats you will see this ride had its ups and downs. Never before had I experienced pain in my ‘bottom area’ like that! (too much information I know). I said to Nigel that this was the toughest thing I’d ever done, but it was so worthwhile and an experience we will never forget.

We then decided to do Lands End to Broadstairs. We looked at Google maps and thought 430+ miles doable in 4 days, what the heck lets give it a go. What we hadn’t realised is that Google maps is flat and the hills on the Jurassic coast were phenomenal, sometimes going on for more than 15 miles at a time. Riding in 30 degree heat, carrying all our own kit (including spares) was a task I will NEVER undertake again! but we did it. I will refer back to both rides telling some stories in future blogs.

Now on to this years challenge. John O’Groats to Broadstairs almost 900 miles in 9 days. Training is now underway with Nigel streets ahead of me. He’s done London-Paris,  London Eastbourne and return, Big KM ride, Hospice Ride etc I’ve done my house to work 1.7 miles! but I did do it quick… was raining!

I will be back to let you know what our plans are….please keep reading and give feedback please.


Charlie and Nigels cycle around britain!

Hi everyone welcome to Charlie and Nigel’s blog.

Having completed Land’s End to John O’Groats and Lands End to Broadstairs we are set to complete our cycle around Britain by cycling from John O’Groats to Broadstairs commencing 19th September 2014. We are very excited about completing this challenge and were inspired by Alfies story. We owe the little fellow so much because without him and his inspirational parents we would never had taken on this challenge. Please support our challenge by going to the donate button and give whatever donation you can, every penny counts!

Please stay posted as we’re about to start our training blog!