is Gary Brennan. I took up cycling in the summer of 2008. At that point
in my life I was having an epiphany – six months before I was weighing
in at 39 stone and had been approved for a gastric bypass. I had Type 2
diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea, and I was hurtling
towards a very, very early grave. At the age of just 27 my life was
teetering on a knife edge in so many ways.
Last year I rode this event in five hours and eleven minutes. I was around 25/26 stone at the time and it was hard REAL HARD. I'm now down to around 20 stone and hoping to be 19 by July. I have got my life back by losing over 20 stone, and I have made sure that my kids will have a dad for years to come, and my wife a fit, healthy husband.
At the time of writing I have cycled over 8,000 miles. I ride around twenty-five to thirty miles a day to work (going the long way round!) and have my zest for life back. I have got a second chance, and I decided to ride this event again and attempt to raise more than the £670 I raised in 2009. I am doing this in memory of those I have lost to cancer and to give someone else a second chance at life – in the same way I was lucky enough to be able to fight for a second chance.PLEASE PLEASE dig deep, show your support, and ALWAYS LIVESTRONG!