Story

 

We only went and bloomin' did it!!

 

Tony and I set off from a chilly Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 June and started pedalling south towards London.

 

Every day brought a different challenge. Having got over the long drawn out gradients during the 90 miles of Day one en-route to Carlisle, day two provided even higher climbs as we crossed the Pennines and Yorkshire Dales in the rain. 114 miles later we arrived in Harrogate. More rain on Day three as the gradients eased on the way to Lincoln, although the last part of the 95 mile sectore was a steep climb for tired legs in order to reach the hotel. Day 4 was a virtually flat 92 mile time trial en-route to Cambridge. Awesome speed with a bit of sun to to encourage the racers amongst us. That only left day 5. An absolute scorcher of a day for the relatively simple 68 mile trot to the centre of London, encompassing a rather pleasant picnic in Epping forrest 12.5 miles from home :)

 

We had our challenges. Tony struggled with a knee injury for the first couple of days. Other friends riding with us also picked up injuries to hands and knees, with one fellow Samaritan being forced to retire with a damaged Achilies tendon half way through day three :(

 

The bikes took a battering too. We had a fully qualified bike mechanic with us, and most of us had to have major work undertaken to gears and brakes during the week. Punctures, shredded and stretched gear cables, and dragging brakes all featured.

 

The highlight of the week however was seeing the constant flow of donations every day. Reminding us why we were doing it, and driving us forward. There are some very kind hearted and generous people out there, and we know Samaritans are over the moon with the money being raised.

 

the challenge is still not over though...

 

As part of Team Samaritans I will be one of 20,000 cyclists taking part in the 'Ride London Surrey 100' event on 4 August. A challenging ride that follows the Olympic road race route, including Box Hill... so there is still some pain to come if you have any spare cash left...

 

The dedicated team at Samaritans that we work with are a fantastic bunch. They have developed and deliver targeted training, and provide train crew the support they often need after being involved in such a traumatic event. This has always been about us giving something back to them, so they can continue this valuable work. Any support you are able to provide, would be greatly appreciated :)

 

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Many thanks to all of you that have donated. If you would still like to donate, then there is still time :)

 

 

 

Updates 9

One week to go until the 'Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100' event. I'm one of 20,000 riders taking on 100 miles on closed roads following the Olympic road race route out to Box Hill and back. Should be awesome. Thanks for the continuing donations :)

27/07/13 13:38

The page is still live for donations. I'm riding for Samaritans in the 'Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100' event on August 4. An epic event billed as the London Marathon for bikes. 20,000 contenders following the Olympic road race route, including the infamous Box Hill... :-/

03/07/13 22:43

Many thanks to all of you that continued to donate and send messages of support last week. After 5 days hard slog we eventually arrived in a scorching hot London. 460 miles from Edinburgh. An amazing journey that tested us both, yet provided a great feeling of satisfaction :)

03/07/13 22:31

We're due at Tower Bridge 15.00 Sunday by the way, in case any of you are in the area. It's supposed to be a scorcher B-)

29/06/13 18:05

Well, we've just completed day 4. 392 miles away from Edinburgh now, and only 68 from London. It's been tough going, with rain for most of days 2 and 3, but the sun cam out today for the Lincoln to Cambridge leg, and it was glorious :) One day to go...

29/06/13 18:04

Raising money for

Samaritans

Samaritans

Charity Registration No. 219432

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. For more information please visit www.samaritans.org

Donations 63

Donation by Anonymous on 02/09/13

£9.00

+ £2.25 Gift Aid

Good luck for tomorrow mate

Donation by Trevor Hill on 03/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck!! :)

Donation by Katie and Stephen Arthur on 03/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Money raised by Tony's Mum (thanks Mum!)

Donation by Tony James on 30/07/13

£60.00

+ £15.00 Gift Aid

Well done!

Donation by Andy & Sally on 27/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Splendid effort Darren for an excellent cause!

Donation by John Zab on 15/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Congratulations - a fantastic accomplishment for a great cause!

Donation by Stephen Street on 05/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Sir!

Donation by Rick Offland on 03/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

This one's for you Tony (ok, so I thought you had separate pages and was gonna donate to both of you!!) Phenomenal, just phenomenal achievement. Land's End to John O'Groats next?

Donation by Sim on 01/07/13

An amazing achievement Darren. You should be so proud of what you've done. Brilliant work fella!!

Donation by Sim on 01/07/13

Congratulations and hope you are having a good rest now

Donation by J Moore on 01/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done all of you

Donation by Anonymous on 30/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Amazing achievement and a great cause - Well Done!!!

Donation by Tamarin Giez on 30/06/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Tony James on 30/06/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Not long to go now all.....pretty much in the bag. Well done, least i can do is dig deep for a worthy cause. :-)

Donation by Anonymous on 30/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Darren doing a great job, nearly there :-)

Donation by Anonymous on 29/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done guys on a mammoth ride!

Donation by Peter Glass on 29/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Doing well to all.amazing effort.

Donation by Andy Tierney on 29/06/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Fantastic cause, enjoy the journey

Donation by Cycling Psychiatrist on 29/06/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck mate, you've got more energy than me!

Donation by Andy Hinds on 28/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Allez les rouges! Good luck and some sunshine with the rest of the ride

Donation by Robin Davis on 28/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Great Job Darren!!!

Donation by M Fincham on 28/06/13

£20.00

Looks like it is tough going. Good luck with the remainder of the challenge

Donation by Anonymous on 27/06/13

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Good luck mate

Donation by Anonymous on 26/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 25/06/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,601.85
  • Offline donations£663.00
  • Text donations£10.00
  • Total raised£5,274.85
  • Gift Aid£1,039.72

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