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Can't believe I'm 60 this year - May 4th to be precise.

I've run marathons, climbed the Three Peaks, Kayaked the Snake River, Skiied an Olympic Downhill (very slowly), trekked to Everest Base Camp. So what can I do to mark entering my 7th decade?

I'm not very keen on cycling! So how about the Football League's initiative - Wembley to Paris - 245 miles in 3 days? Surely not!

But the chance to prove that I can still rise to new challenges is difficult to resist. Couple that with the opportunity to represent Notts County, the Club I have supported for 45 years through thick, thin and very thin. And all in aid of such a worthy cause.

Let's do it!

So, from 14th to 17th June 2012, I will be taking part in the Football League Arch to Arc Bike Ride raising money for Help the Hospices. The ride starts at Wembley Stadium and finishes at the Arc de Triomphe - 245 miles over 3 days come rain or shine.

Help the Hospices do some amazing work around the country. Have a look at the video www.helpthehospices.org.uk/about-us/

My travelling/accommodation costs are being met from elsewhere, so anything you can give will go in full to the Charity.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

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So please dig deep and donate now.

Updates 3

DID IT!!!!!! Actually cycled 264 miles over the 3 days. Really hard but well worth it. Thank you so much for your support.

21/06/12 09:48

Off to Wembley tonight. Set off on ride 630am Thursday. Hoping for better weather than of late and a safe arrival in Paris on Saturday. Thank you to all who have supported.

13/06/12 09:01

Fantastic Birthday weekend. Thanks to all who attended the Village Hall session on Friday, the Notts County game on Saturday and the Sunday Lunch. Gt support from everyone and target now surpassed. Future donations still very welcome. Now must do the Ride to justify yr support!

08/05/12 09:42

Raising money for

Help the Hospices

Help the Hospices

Charity Registration No. 1014851

Help the Hospices is the leading charity supporting hospice care throughout the UK. We want the very best care for everyone facing the end of life. The majority of hospice care in the UK is provided by our member hospices. Care is given free of charge to the patient and their friends and family. It can be at home, in the hospice and in the community and can be for days, months or years.

Donations 40

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Congratulations on completing the ride. From Tricia & Simon

Donation by Anonymous on 10/07/12

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Hope you're not too saddle sore!!! Well done David

Donation by David HORTON on 02/07/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by colin slater on 21/06/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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well done David! Jan and Steve

Donation by Janette Bradley on 21/06/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Well Done David. What's you next challenge

Donation by Paul and Penny on 21/06/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Best of luck with this David - I know the challenge you are facing. Will you be swapping to a left-hand drive bike when you arrive in France?

Donation by Steve Arscott on 09/06/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Rather you than me - hope you've done plenty of training!!

Donation by Len Birch on 05/06/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good Luck David Ciclismo Feliz

Donation by Ian Ratcliff on 30/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Lisa Gold on 25/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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All the best David, from me and the Hall-Fast team!

Donation by Malk Hall - Hall-Fast Industrial Sup on 25/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good Luck pity you're not riding for the blue and white wizards though!

Donation by Jonathan Dawson on 24/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Do you go across through the service tunnel, or do you cheat by getting a lift over the channel?

Donation by Chris Elston on 23/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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I thought you said you didn't like cycling? Is it one of those electric bikes?

Donation by Richard & Clare Saffell on 06/05/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Fantastic challenge, David! Happy Birthday and good luck!

Donation by Svenja Adolphs on 06/05/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Happy birthday and well done in advance David - it's a great cause - we'll be with you in spirit.

Donation by Peter & Margaret Marsters on 06/05/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Gilbert Hunter on 05/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Happy cycling! We hope it goes well. Bon anniversaire, bon chance et bon voyage!

Donation by Eric & Barbara Woodward on 02/05/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Never mind the saddle sordness...into the horizon speeds up David.

Donation by Kimmo ja Marianna on 02/05/12

£20.00

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Go for it David and good luck.

Donation by Barbara Williamson on 27/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck David, I'm sure you'll be great old man.

Donation by Ben and Mercedes on 23/04/12

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Ah, we remember just how much you loved cycling round the IoW. This will be downhill all the way!

Donation by Chris, Lynn, Ian & Edward Clarke on 18/04/12

£60.00

+ £15.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Robert Webb on 17/04/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 16/04/12

£20.00

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A great charity to support. May the Foutrh be with you on the day!.

Donation by Cris Combellack/ Rosser in Barclays. on 16/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Glad you still support County & The Tour de France- What pain? Bon Voyage !

Donation by IVAN FLETCHER on 13/04/12

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,050.00
  • Offline donations£1,125.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,175.00
  • Gift Aid£237.50

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