Ok I've done it - the 250 miles from London to Paris - for the Big Issue:
1. Day One - London to Portsmouth (85 miles): tough, wet, hilly, v tough, made it eventually
2. Day Two - (Now in France) Caen to Bernay (60 miles): kids sick on ferry, nice, warmer in france than rubbish english weather
3. Day Three - Bernay to Paris, long stretches, beautiful, fields of long grass, satisfied with world
4. Day Four - watched tour de france, almost got arrested for climbing up a bank, didn't, got home safely!
Check out photos of the trip at: http://www.stillsquare.com/l2p/
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Thanks for the massive support from everyone!!!!
TARGET REACHED!!! Please help me raise more - donate now!
11/05/07 - Am getting my bike today that I'll use for the trip, have a look at www.eaststcycles.com/products and check it out. Have sorted out a gym plan - 4 times a week - and once I have the bike I'll be pounding the streets at every opportunity.
13/05/07 - Got my bike!! Photo up shortly of it - it's a Trek Fx 7.5 disc w racing tires with slight tread. Came home from work and cycled it straight away, even though it was 1.30 in the morning!
19/05/07 - Had my bike for a week and have been using it to go to school, work etc - have cycled 70 miles this week, also used so much less petrol.
20/05/07 - Went to the Big Issue training day. Met in the offices above the ELC in Richmond at 9 and listened to various important info for about 2 hours. Then went for a 25 mile ride with the group, which I decided I'd push myself in. By the end I was knackered. Good fun tho.
26/5/07 - Cycled Weybridge to Kingston (to get a birthday present!)
27/05/07 - Cycled a lot, it rained, I got wet - I think I might buy a coat.
28/05/07 - I've launched a FaceBook page and a group titled 'London to Paris Summer '07' to publicise what I'm doing and to raise more money for the Big Issue Foundation. Search my name in the Facebook search engine, I should come up, and add me as a friend. Thanks to everyone whos already in the group - 8 members and growing!
29/05/07 - Long cycle ride tomorrow, following the Thames, Weybridge to however far I go w Harry, keep you posted....
30/05/07 - Ok, did 40miles round Hampton Court, Kingston, Richmond Park area; cold, wet, cold, wet, up, down - all good! Also facebook group up to 15 members....
31/05/07 - Hopefully a med length cycle this evening - weather's perfect! - much warmer than y'day by the looks of it - f/b up to 16 members - thanks to everyone who's donating/has donated - keep up the gd wrk and spread the www.justgiving.com/jwhittingham to everyone you - forward it in emails, letters etc etc....thanks! j
1/6/07 - Cycle ended up being quite long, Weybridge - Kingston area, am I am v tired, thing I've overtrained a bit......v tired; but can't sleep, its 3am and still no luck: seeking therapy in horlicks!
Update: all payments MUST be made by the 22nd of June to the Big Issue Foundation
No2: my bike and I can be seen in the photo top right....
2/6/07 - Have made the headlines...well almost...I'm in both the Weybridge & Walton Guardian and the Esher & Cobham Guardian (the free ones that come through the door)...find a copy and I'm on page 5. Again, I urge any donations to be made through this website. Thank you!
3/6/07 - Beautiful ride on the Thames towpath and then into Bushy park - check out my http://hs.facebook.com/group.php?gid=3069820117
to see photos....have a gd rest of wkend everyone.....
8/6/07 - Ok, so a-level today, cycling at every opportunity now as the days now count down to the bike ride. All money for the donations would be very gratefully received by the 22nd June if possible. Again, thanks!
18/06/07 - 10 days absence from the blog! Feels like a long time. The target has been met - £1200! - now, unsurprisingly and unrelentlessly, I want more. Thank you!
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I'm doing this for the Big Issue in the summer - cycling 250 miles from London to Paris.
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- thanks to Marsha Shandur from Xfm - 104.9fm in London, tune in, - for email publicity!!
- all staff and students at Hampton School who've supported me
- all my family!
- Imber Court and it's staff
- every and all friends who've donated!!
- all kind relatives!
- Clare Taylor - www.justgiving.com/claretaylor
- Imber Court's gym, especially Lee
- East St. Cycles