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Sarah's Coast to Coast Cycle Ride

Cycling from Whitehaven to Sunderland for IiME because I want to; and to raise money for Invest in ME.

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IiME

We fund biomedical research into ME to create a strategy for cure/treatment

Charity Registration No. 1153730

Story

In December 2011 I had a viral illness.  In January 2012 I developed Post Viral Fatigue, which eventually became Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephamylitis (CFS/ME).  It has taken me 3 years to recover from this horrible illness.  Very little is understood about the condition and research is desperately needed to enable proper diagnosis and treatment.

My whole life was affected by my illness.  I lost my job, I could not care for my family, or myself and I could only socialise for very short periods of time.  I could not walk or stand for long - I couldn't stand long enough to have a shower for 18 months. 

I relied on a wheelchair, mobility scooter and electric bike to get around.  When I was lying in bed I vowed that if I recovered I would cycle the coast to coast (C2C) route.  I have been a Sustrans supporter since the 1990s and have always wanted to cycle this route.  

One of my major symptoms was Post Exertional Malaise.  This meant if I overdid my activity on one day I would be weaker the next day and able to do even less.  A multi-day challenge like this will be a real test of my recovery.

On our summer holiday last year I managed to cycle 16 miles in a day, and this got me thinking that the C2C route was a possibility.   That 16 mile bike ride is still the furthest I've done since my illness.  I will begin training soon  so that hopefully the 20-30 miles per day over hilly terrain will be manageable.

I will be cycling with my family, the youngest of whom will be 9 years old, so I won't be the only one thinking that 25-30 miles a day is a long way.  

Our route will be as follows:

Day 1: Whitehaven to Keswick

Day 2: rest day in Keswick

Day 3: Keswick to Penrith

Day 4: Penrith to Alston

Day 5 Alston to Consett

Day 6 Consett to Sunderland

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  • Our family cycling at the Olympic Park

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