We decided to sleep on it, but I’m afraid to say that we decided not to continue. It really knocked our confidence and motivation, not to mention added new logistical challenges. We had the option of finding another bike and picking the route up a day or two down the line (to make use of booked accommodation and time off), but none of us felt that cycling “Lands End to John O Groats with a hole in the middle” quite had the same ring to it. For me, striving to complete the ride in 9 consecutive days was a large part of the challenge, and what kept me motivated when things were tough – but obviously the option of this was now over. The two days we completed taught me that mental strength is a critical component of the ride and we decided that we just didn’t have enough left to make it – plus we couldn’t help but wonder what the next disaster was going to be. It wasn’t an easy decision, and to say we are disappointed is a real understatement. Nevertheless, we are still really pleased that we made it from Lands End to Bristol in 2 days.However, with so much sponsorship kindly raised, and a week off work, we don’t want to completely give up. So we’ve set ourselves a 6 day challenge of different sporting activities – including climbing Snowdon, cycling to London, a swimathon, high ropes, canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing and anything else we can fit in (ideas welcome!).
I want to apologise to those who have generously
sponsored and supported me, and I really am sorry for letting you down. Also,
I’m afraid I can only apologise to our next two support teams who had
so kindly committed time and money to helping us on the rest of our
journey, and of course to Kate who put up with us for the two days we
completed. I know our new plan is not quite the same, but I have been very appreciative of the support and understanding that everyone has shown since hearing about our decision. Knowing that people understand that it wasn't due to a lack of commitment and dedication that we weren't able to make it, and appreciate that we're doing our very to continue the challenges has made me feel a little better about having to take such a hard decision.