I'm taking part in the #Brake5 Challenge for Road Safety Week to raise funds for Brake, the road safety charity.
As Brake's Interim CEO and a #Brake5 Ambassador, I wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary, so my committment is that I will cycle and run 555 miles during Road Safety Week, and hope to raise at least £555 for Brake in the process.
I will cycle around 90 miles a day for six days and will complete my challenge by running ('running' may be ambitious!) a full marathon on the final day of Road Safety Week, where I hope to be joined by a few members of the Brake team for some of the distance!
I last attempted a challenge like this back in 2010 when I was preparing for an Iron Man Triathlon. Sadly that ended suddenly with me being knocked off my bike by a car while out training about six weeks before the event. I realise how lucky I was not to suffer serious injury, however, four operations to fix a badly broken collar bone meant all training and exercise was put on hold for a number of years. This challenge is a personal one for me - I care an awful lot about Brake and the work Brake delivers and want to raise as much money for Brake as I can, but it's also about me getting back on the bike (literally) and finally drawing a line under the events of 2010 once and for all.
Every day, five people die on UK roads. Road crashes are devastating events for everyone involved. When the worst happens, Brake’s National Road Victim Service is there to help. Brake supports hundreds of families affected by road crashes each month. All funds raised through the #Brake5 Challenge will help Brake provide more care for road victims and campaign for safe roads for everyone.
Thank you for your support!