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[p]In Summer 2012 from the 24th to the 29th June, I will be taking part in[b][i][span=text-decoration: underline;]The Race Against Time[/span][/i][/b]. I will be cycling [b][span=text-decoration: underline;]874 miles[/span][/b] from Lands End to John O’Groats in just [b][span=text-decoration: underline;]6 days (average 145 miles per day)[/span][/b].[/p][p][span=text-decoration: underline;]Why Cycling?[/span][/p][p]In April 2011 I decided I needed to do some exercise to help me lose weight, and anyone that knows me knows I'm not exactly the slimmest person they ever met! I ended up buying a mountain bike to generally improve my fitness as prior to April 2011 I wasn't very active at all, infact activity was pretty much non existent. I started off by doing 5 miles, 2 - 3 times a week, on my bike and began to steadily increasing my mileage as my fitness improved.[/p][p]In June 2011 I began to realise that riding a mountain bike on the road didn't get you anywhere fast as Sunday morning road bike riders used to fly past me as if I wasn't even moving. A friend advised me to get a road bike as i was making it a lot harder work for myself and i knew if i got de-motivated i wouldn’t carry on cycling. I started looking on eBay for a road bike and ended buying a Ridley Compact road bike for a good price, what a difference this made, and I knew i was hooked the first time i went out on my new bike. [/p][p][lt]br /[gt]I decided to take up the race against time challenge prior to Christmas 2011 as a friend had completed the ride in 2008 and was thinking of doing it again, my mileage at that time was increasing and I was doing between 75-100 miles a week.[lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt]Fast forward to the beginning of January 2012, as we all know that December in terms of exercising and diet goes out the window at Christmas! In January i committed to doing the race against time, so i was in and couldn’t pull out, and this is the time that i really needed to start getting serious if i had any hopes of completing this challenge.[/p][p] [/p][p]The daunting part for me, and i still haven’t really got my head around the fact, is doing 145 miles per day for 6 consecutive days. From people I've spoken to who have done this says it's by far the hardest part, getting back on the bike day after day and doing 140+ miles, this is a challenge both mentally and physically. I would estimate that we would ride at an estimated average speed of between 15 - 16 miles an hour, which means spending between approximately 9 - 10 hours in the saddle, which doesn't include stops for lunch, toilet stops etc. [/p][p]The route:[/p][p]Day 1 - Sunday 24 June - Land's End to Taunton (154 miles)[/p][p]Day 2 - Monday 25 June - Taunton to Telford (151 miles)[/p][p]Day 3 - Tuesday 26 June - Telford to Kendal (136 miles)[/p][p]Day 4 - Wednesday 27 June - Kendal to Edinburgh (141 miles)[/p][p]Day 5 - Thursday 28 June - Edinburgh to Inverness (156 miles)[/p][p]Day 6 - Friday 29 June - Inverness to John O'Groats (140 miles)[/p][p][lt]br /[gt]My longest ride to date was 110 miles, and I’m currently doing between 150-200 miles per week. From January to mid May 2012 I had completed 2300 training miles with the recommendation by June to have completede in excess of 3500 miles, so I still have a very long way to go, and have a few big rides planned in the coming weeks . [/p][p][lt]br /[gt]Please follow @cradleyLEJOG on twitter for updates on my training and progress up to and including the ride, the twitter updates and link to my twitter page are also included on this fundraising page.[/p][p]It will be the toughest challenge of my life, but worth it because in doing the ride I will be raising vital funds for people affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa. [/p][p][span=text-decoration: underline;]The Fundraising[/span][/p][p]Please sponsor me in [b]The Race Against Time[/b] with whatever you can and be assured that your donation [i]will make a difference[/i][i] [/i]to the lives of those families and children left behind as a result of the HIV & AIDS pandemic, and help to prevent the spread of the illness in South Africa – one of the worst affected countries in the world.[/p][p]The scale of the pandemic in Africa is huge, and the rate at which it is growing is frightening. There is a clear parallel between my challenge and the race to stop the effects of HIV/AIDS in Africa:[/p][p][b]One African dies of AIDS related illness every 15 seconds.[/b][/p][p][b]Around a quarter of the workforce in South Africa is HIV positive.[/b][/p][p][b]There are nearly half a million new HIV infections in South Africa every year.[/b][/p][p][b]There are currently 2.2 million AIDS orphans in South Africa.[/b][/p][p][b]It really is a [/b][i][span=text-decoration: underline;]Race Against Time[/span][/i][b] to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.[/b][/p][p]As the number of infected people grows and the illness spreads, the number of people left in its wake also increases. Secondary casualties include orphans, teenagers and elderly carers. These groups become more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS themselves, exacerbating the problem. Part of the work of eradicating HIV/AIDS therefore involves providing support, care and education for those affected in order to minimise their vulnerability to the illness.[/p][p]A relatively small sum of money can be of great help to people affected by HIV/AIDS. For example it costs just £80 to support a South African volunteer carer visiting terminally ill patients in their own homes for one month, and £20 to provide a food parcel for a family.[/p][p]The broadcaster, [b]Jon Snow,[/b] has been patron of [i]The Race Against Time[/i]since 2005. “Getting excited about some kinds of news is easy!” he says. “I’ve been committed to supporting work in South Africa for more than two decades – and today I’m delighted to tell you about a new initiative involving my other passion: cycling. I urge you to get involved with [i]The Race Against Time[/i] – it really is a worthwhile event.”[/p][p]I have promised to raise £1,800 or more for projects funded by the Bishop Simeon Trust and would extremely grateful for any support you could offer. All the money raised goes to the charity, the actual cost of the ride and accomodation is covered by a corporate sponser.[/p][p][b]WHERE THE MONEY GOES[/b][/p][p][b] Emergency food parcel supporting the poorest families for up to a month - £20.[/b][/p][p]Often the Trust comes across families that are unable to feed themselves more than once a day. A food parcel will help people in this situation to keep going.[i] [/i][/p][p][b]Essential Home Based Care kit used by locally trained carers - £40.[/b][/p][p]Home Based Care kits are an invaluable resource for locally trained carers trying to combat HIV/AIDS in their community. Each kit contains essential medications such as painkillers, Vaseline, gloves, bandages and creams.[/p][p][b]Support and equipment for pre-schools and Safe Parks supported by BST.[/b][/p][p]Safe Parks are containers specifically used for children in the poorest communities. These are safe places for children to go before and after school where they can do their homework, play and have a nutritious meal provided.[b] [/b][/p][p][b]Provide a nutritious meal for up to five children whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS - £5[/b][/p][p][b] [/b]Pre-school is often the only place that young children affected by HIV/AIDS can get a decent meal.[/p][p][b]Life changing inter-active theatre performances and drama workshops for older teenagers whose lives have been devastated by the loss of their parents.[/b][/p][p]Interactive Theatre is a powerful way of getting the HIV/AIDS prevention message across to young people. The performers act out a number of scenarios that show how the choices we make can affect our health.[/p][p][b]Development and construction of a Safe Park - £3,000.[/b][/p][p]Safe Parks provide a safe and secure environment for children in areas of incredible poverty. These places allow the children to come along before and after school where they can also be provided with a nutritious meal.[/p][p][b]READ MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF THE BISHOP SIMEON TRUST BY VISITING OUR WEBSITE: [/b][url=http://www.bstrust.org/][b]www.bstrust.org[/b][/url][/p][p]Thank you so much.[/p][p]Chris[/p][p] [/p]