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RBW's Bethan will be riding the length of Britain in September from Land's End to John O' Groats. She will be covering 969 miles in total over 9 gruelling days!  

 

 

With just four short months to go, Beth shares how her training is coming along and a little about the two amazing causes she is supporting....please visit her JustGiving page if you would like to donate...

 

Hello everyone!

Those of you who know me will know I'm a keen cyclist but Ride Across Britain is something I am truly terrified of doing! It's a massive personal challenge as well as an opportunity to raise vital funds for charity. Since my last post I have had a really busy time in my personal life and, if I'm honest I've had a little bit of a crisis of confidence wondering what the heck I have signed myself up to! I seem to be coming out of the oher side of that stage now and have got my head down and back into training again. A few sponsors on my Justgiving page would definately give me the boost to go the extra mile!

The turbo trainer has been pretty much put away for the summer and I have been getting out on both road and mountain bike putting the miles in wherever I can. 

On my travels I've encountered the The Nosey Sheep at the top of the Bwlch...

...and enjoyed a few sunny evenings with friends at Smilog Forest.

Not to mention riding with a lovely local group of people training for another charity bike ride happening next month, Wickets and Wheels, which is raising money for local bereavement charity 2 Wish Upon a Star- another excellent cause. Here we are enjoying a well earned cake stop...

 

I have even started going to the gym doing boxercise and kettlebell classes to give me a bit more core strength and generally stop me from being such a wimp. I have been motivated by my friend to do this- thanks Kim for keeping me company! Be thankful I have not put the sweaty photo up! Haha! By September I am hoping these classes will help make me badass enough to complete the distance in one piece!

Now to the most important bit.......

Fundraising

There are two charities in particilar that are close to my heart and I have decided to raise for both: the British Heart Foundation and the Stroke Association.

I have created two separate fundraising pages and joined them both in one team page so you can pick your favourite to donate to or support both if you're feeling generous!

Here is a little bit about why I have chosen each charity...

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation funds reseach into the causes and treatment of cardiac disease. I sadly never had the opportunity to meet my grandfather after he died of a heart attack before I was born. Then a couple of years ago, my father suffered a heart attack.  He was a fit and healthy person, in training for a marathon at the time so it came as a huge shock. Thanks to the excellent teams at Royal Glam and Heath Hospital he was lucky enough to survive. More research is definately needed into hereditary heart conditions and that's where BHF comes in. They also support heart attack survivors and their families during the recovery process. For more information see their website here.

Stroke Association

The Stroke Assocation is important to me because I lost my grandmother after she suffered several strokes during her lifetime. Even as a child, I could see first hand how it affected her daily life. During my Speech Therapy studies at University I was pleased to volunteer for the Stroke Association's weekly club in Cardiff supporting stroke survivors coping with Aphasia (loss of language) post-stroke. I could see there the great work the Stroke Association does to help those people along their road to recovery after Stroke- to really show that there is Life After Stroke! For more infomation see their website here

If you are interested, see here for more information on the challenge: it really is a toughie!

Here's that link once more to my Justgiving Page - any donations will be welcomed however big or small! Every little helps...

That's all for now- I'd best be off out on my bike...