A lovely note from our wonderful SELBCT supporters Pam and Mike French.
Charity cyclethon from London to Cambridge on Sunday 16th September
As the day approached for us to take part in the London to Cambridge Pedal4Cancer cyclethon, we wondered if perhaps we were crazy! As supporters of SELBCT, we were encouraged to try our best to try to raise money for this worthy cause, which has helped many of our friends and rellies over the years, and we can’t thank everyone enough for their very generous donations. We were led to believe it was 60 miles which turned out to be 70! Those last few miles we can tell you were a struggle but we spurred each other on and made it to the Finish line getting a round of applause and a medal from the Pedal4Cancer organisers. The day was sunny and warm and the ride took us through beautiful Essex villages, sometimes the wind in our favour but more often than not we were headed into the wind. The logistics of getting to the start for 8 am on Sunday morning was a nightmare, taking our bikes and minimum luggage to the Premier Inn at Stratford on Saturday evening taking the train and dlr, thankfully bikes welcomed on both. We were surprised that the number of participants was less than we expected (perhaps the travel logistics created a problem which we could understand). There were two stops, one at the Ongar Bowling Club where members made us very welcome, for which we were so grateful, and a lunch stop at Clavering Village Hall, where another warm welcome was much appreciated. The route was well signposted and we were so pleased to make it to the end of the route at Nuffield Health Centre in Cambridge, the sponsors of the event. Then of course we had to make our way home feeling pretty shattered. We took the train with our bikes from Cambridge to Kings Cross and then from St. Pancras to London Bridge and onward to Petts Wood. Although still nursing aching muscles we didn’t know we had, we were so pleased to complete the course and hope it benefits the Trust in some small way.