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Hi Guys!

Ok, so a few months ago I watched a Discovery Channel series following Big Lawrence Dalaglio and Freddie Flintoff cycle an epic journey from Mount Olympus in Greece to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. A few days later I also started watching a little known bike race called Le Tour de France. The British riders were doing pretty well and ITV4 showed some great coverage.

By the end of the 3rd day I was hooked and these sporting giants inspired me to order my first bike since being 10 years old.

We all now know the amazing success story of Wiggo, Cav and the rest of Team Sky, but then the London Olympics happened and cycling, both on the track and road, jumped to an even higher and more inspirational level.

Before I knew it I was itching to get on my new toy, and in the three or so months since have almost reached 1000 kilometers, according to my extremely accurate Halfords trip computer.

So, I have now decided to put my new found hobby/obsession to good use and ask all you lovely people to support me in my first cycling challenge, namely O's Children in Need 1000 km. Kimberly and I are expecting our first little one next year and it pains me that we still have 1000s and 1000s of kids in this great country living (or in some horrendous circumstances, simply existing), in such appalling conditions.

The plan - I will double my first 1000 km (that took me over 3 months), and ride my second 1000 km in under 3 weeks. That means riding an average of at least 50 km every day for 19 days, no matter my working hours, tiredness, the weather, temperature or darkness. I'll be kicking off one month before my birthday on Monday 29th October and finishing on the day of BBC Children in Need, Friday 16th November.

I'll be logging all my rides on a great little tool called Strava so you can check on my distances and ensure that I'm not driving around in my car! And I'll inevitably be updating my Twitter (@owenjallan) and Facebook (facebook.com/owenjallan) pages so check them out for regular ride/health updates.

It would also be awesome if some of you want to join me on one/a few of the rides, as I head into the Shire, through Richmond Park or up Box Hill on the dark, cold and inevitably wet autumnal evenings ahead.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page. I have set an optimistic target of £1000 or £1 for each kilometer I cycle, but even if you can't donate, your verbal/electronic support is still greatly received!

O x

 

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Updates 34

FINISHED, DONE, ENDEX!!! Final ride this evening, one day early. 1001.4km in total in 18 days (that's the same distance as London to Marseille), 43hrs24mins, 7584m climbed (the same as Trivor, the 39th highest mountain in the world), £1070 raised for Children in Need. Thanks all!

15/11/12 18:38

Almost there! Another couple of rides ticked off to/from work today. And it wasn't even cold tonight either! 950.7km done now, just 49.3km to go for me and Pudsey before Friday! O x

14/11/12 19:47

Day 16 and now only 3 to go before Children in Need this Friday. Another long ride fitted in around a meeting in Hertford today, so I've now achieved 916.4km of the 1000km! Down to just 83.6km to go. Sponsorship target has been met but that's no reason not to keep supporting! O x

13/11/12 15:16

End of wk 2 of the challenge and I was joined today by Mr & Mrs Waldron for the longest ride yet: 119km of Herts & Cambs countryside on a beautiful crisp, sunny autumn day. Kudos to Nikki for riding the whole distance, doubling her longest ever ride! 841.2km done, 158.8 to go!

11/11/12 19:57

An early ride to Whittington Hospital in Highgate for our 20 week scan and then off on the first long ride of the weekend. Had a half way break at Tom and Ida's amazing new pad in Hoddesdon and then PJ joined me for the second 50km or so. Thanks mate! 722.2km done, 277.8 to go!

10/11/12 18:23

Raising money for

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need

Charity Registration No. 802052

Our vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is: - Safe - Happy & Secure - Allows them the chance to reach their potential

Donations 46

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Well done mate! Cant wait to see what you have planned for 2013 :)

Donation by Matt Oxley on 04/01/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good work! Matt & Sarah

Donation by Matthew Fenton on 04/01/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well Done Owen !!!

Donation by Kim Hetherington on 20/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 17/11/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Great achievement and all for a very good cause. I bet your bum aches now!

Donation by Fiona, Phil & Pippa xxx on 17/11/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well seeing as we witnessed your near-hypothermia cycling day... You are a legend, well done for getting to the end in one piece (sort of!)

Donation by Naomi and Nico xx on 16/11/12

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

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Fantastic achievement..you can give those legs a rest now and enjoy a few celebratory drinks!!

Donation by Andrew & Clare Fundell on 16/11/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done mate, enjoy the beers tonight! x

Donation by Graham Pearce on 16/11/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good biking!

Donation by Arron Fellows on 16/11/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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What a great challenge!! good luck for the last stretch and well done! X

Donation by Fiona Legg on 14/11/12

£10.00

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Owen you are cycling brilliantly! What a challenge!xx

Donation by Sue Philo on 13/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Great effort and great cause O! Only 5 days left now...Mill x

Donation by Michelle Wright on 11/11/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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and thats your target done! great work. good riding with you this weekend.

Donation by The Waldrons on 11/11/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Keep those legs pumping and you'll soon have clocked-up the miles. I feel exhausted just thinking about it.

Donation by Rex and Jan on 11/11/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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All the best Owen and safe cycling. Love from the Four Corners.... Lorna Lou Emma and Anna xxx

Donation by Chris Allan on 11/11/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Owen.

Donation by Ron and Joan Pickford on 07/11/12

£15.00

Good Luck Owen ....Hope you soon dry out on the outside and can then celebrate by getting extremely wet on the inside with a few hot toddies!!!

Donation by Tina Springett on 06/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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A mighty fine effort so far Owen. Keep it up pal

Donation by Chris, Su-Lin & Bonnie on 05/11/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Keep going. 'Wiggo' would be proud!

Donation by Gareth Allan on 04/11/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Imagine it gives 'on your bike' expression a whole new meaning to you! Well done, Owen. The Aitkens

Donation by Anne Aitken on 04/11/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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All the best Owen. Take care. Love from Aunty Kenys

Donation by Chris Allan on 03/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Owen. Keep pedalling x

Donation by Gemma Vallance & Joel Bryant on 03/11/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Nice work, keep it up!

Donation by Tom Allan on 02/11/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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I was waiting for your first stack and there it is! Remember, keep the rubber side down

Donation by Luke Wilders on 02/11/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Good luck with the last few hundred kilometres Owen! Adrian loves his new Birthday bike too!! Love, Gina & Graeme XXX

Donation by Gina Harvey on 31/10/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,250.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,250.00
  • Gift Aid£306.25

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