Just another big “thanks” for all those who sponsored me on this 40 mile bike ride. Nothing much in the great scheme of things but it was a big deal for me – all those hills – even though I’ve got a spiffy old mountain bike.
The encouraging (I use the word loosely) texts were fun too. The “Don’t make yourself sick” (cyclist pal) “You’re going to have *such* a sore ass, sis” (encouragement from brother) “Have you fallen off yet?” (pal from work) “*Don’t* walk the hills” (son no 2) “Having a nice time? We’re just finishing roast beef and yorkshire pud and roasties” (non-cycling friend) and “well done champ” (cycling pal).
I got a notification yesterday that my Just Giving website had gone offline so no more donations on there, but it finished up with a total of £252.
But the *best* news came in the post today – a letter from the organisers telling me this year’s ride raised £36,866.40 for the British Heart Foundation. Incredible – and great day out in the company of every other kind of cyclist you could imagine, all sharing the lurve of being on two wheels and, occasionally, it has to be said, three!
Chris Syer, the Treasurer, reveals that the twenty one Cotswold Bike Rides (and there were plenty of people taking part who had probably covered every single one) had raised over half a million pounds – £625,704.85.
He thanks Badhams Pharmacy of Chelters who have sponsored the bike ride for many years and Britannia Construction who funded the postage for the initial mailing.
Although my sponsorship has gone to the BHF, I still have a little bit of sponsor money owing. No doubt there will be some coughing up soonish. Only a fool and his money are soon parted, after all…..