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Adrian Elkin

The South Downs Way , in a day, end to end.

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My story

[p]UPDATE 10AUG20:[/p][p]I did it![/p][p]As forecast, it was my worst case scenario. When I reached roughly half way at Amberley, the temperature was 34 degrees into a head wind. The next 15 miles were particularly tough but at Saddlescombe I had a second wind to see me through the last 35 miles, reaching ‘The Kiosk’ at around midnight.[/p][p]I’d like to thank Roni, Ali Paul & Kirstie, Matt, my coach Dave Powell and especially big thanks to Sharon & Will for being such vital back support for the day. Those chicken wraps and olives got me through!😉👍🏻[/p][p]May I also ask you to consider two other equally worthy causes close to my heart.[/p][p]The first is The Back Up Trust. Spinal cord injury is a life changing event as a friend of mine found out around 18 months ago. Fortunately, Back Up were there to support Ian Mackie and those close to him, “Massively,” as he put it. You may donate at [url=https://****/back-up-trust]https://****/back-up-trust[/url][/p][p]The second is the St Peter and St James Hospice near the very South Downs I’ll be cycling across in Mid Sussex. Last year, they provided end of life care and support or my friend Dave Hollington and his family which Dave called his, “Sanctuary.” The address to donate is [url=https://****/StPeter-StJames]https://****/StPeter-StJames[/url][/p][p]If my ambition to cycle the South Downs Way inspires you, please support Back Up and St Peter & St James at this time when times are more difficult than they’ve ever been for charities. especially the smaller ones.[/p][p]Thank you and go well🙏🏻[/p][p]Adrian[/p][p]***[/p][p]Most of you know the story so far. A friend convinced me whilst I was 'drunck' 🍻 to take part in the 50k charity cycle ride, even though I hadn't cycled any sort of reasonable distance for 30 years. Long story short, I trained, I took part, I finished and the team I was part of raised well over £2000! Good job, blah, blah, blah, end of story, right?[/p][p]Nope, not quite. I’ve since completed the London to Brighton, the L2B Off-road and various other, log distance cycling challenges. Now I’m doing what some consider the daddy of them all, one of the mountain bikers’ rites of passage; The South Downs Way all the way across the South Downs National Park along the south coast of England, in a day, non-stop. 100 miles, 12,000ft of climbing, I know it’ll be brutal![/p][p]One benefit of the lock-down due to COVID-19, is that it’s given me the opportunity to train and prepare for such a challenge. I’ve been cycling a lot! At least twice a week for a minimum of around 20 miles climbing at least 2000ft. Cycling the ‘Downs’ helps me cope with life’s ‘challenges’ thrown at us all; Stress, depression, bereavement, along with all the additional issues COVID-19 has brought about at the moment. Luckily too, I’ve a good friend who’s the same age as myself who regularly runs marathons in under 2 3/4 hours!!! He's been kindly coaching me on mental as well as physical fitness and how the body's nutritional needs change during ultra-endurance events of which this is classed as one. His advice has been worth it’s weight in gold. I can't thank him enough.[/p][p]As a way to make sure I follow through with my aim, I’m down to participate in an event on Saturday 8th August called the South Down’s Century starting in Winchester and for this year only has been shortened to just 100km or 62miles. No need to explain why, I’m just glad it’s happening! My objective is to complete it come hell or high weather and then carry on the last 40 odd miles to Eastbourne where hopefully some b*gger will be there waiting for me with a beer and a pizza in hand before it gets too dark! 🍻🍕🌇🙏🏻[/p][p]Over the past year, I’ve been aiming to raise £1969 for Amaze. Why that amount? I turned 50 last July hence it’s the year of my birth and if you can help me reach that target, it'll still be the best 50th birthday present I'll receive this year around the time I turn 51. I’m only £503 short of that target at the time of writing. Many of you have been very generous already. You can help further by spreading the word to family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues, In fact tell everyone you know of my challenge. Hopefully then someone will be touched enough to donate.[/p][p]I know some of us are on reduced salaries and times are tight, but if you haven’t donated already and can spare any cash from £1 to £100, Amaze and myself would be so very grateful. If you’d be prepared to buy me a pint for my birthday (which is difficult to do anyway in the current climate), consider if you can please give something to my challenge, even if it's only £1. [/p][p]Only £503 to go. It’s not much. So close! 🤏🏻 That’s just over 50p a mile for the physical and mental challenge I’ve set myself. As the strap line for a large UK supermarket goes, "Every little helps!"[/p]
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Aug 24, 2020


Aug 10, 2020

Telma Romaneli

Incredible achievement! Just seem the most in Facebook.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 9, 2020

Bob Cheryl

Well done- Cheryl & I are proud of you.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 8, 2020


£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 7, 2020

Matthew Crisp

Good luck, much respect

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 7, 2020

Paul Brown

That’s gonna be tough in the forecast heat ! Go a steady pace. Don’t push yourself and most importantly - stay well hydrated, with electrolytes too. Every faith you’ll do it though. Have a great day.

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Aug 6, 2020


Thanks for looking at my bike light for free

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 5, 2020

Claire Gale

Good luck on Saturday Adrian!!


Aug 4, 2020

Peter W

Remember the sunscreen :)

Aug 4, 2020


Good luck, I’m sure with all that training it be a breeze lol

£12.00 plus £3.00 Gift Aid