Gareth Hanson

Gareth Hanson

On Yer Bike - Watford to Wales

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My story

[p]Following Sam's death in 2019, I vowed that I would try, each year, to give something back to the charities that had helped Sam and our family over the 3 years he was Ill - Then Covid happened! All the events I had entered in 2020 were postponed to 2021. Now in 2021, sadly, all the events planned for this summer have been postponed again. Undeterred, I have decided to create my own fundraising challenge - Cycling from Watford to Wales.[/p][p]On July the 10th, or a backup date if the weather is terrible, I will cycle the 284Km (176 Miles) from my home near Watford to my parents in South Wales. On the 10th of July there are 16 Hours and 21 minutes of daylight and I may need it, 284Km is the furthest I have ever ridden by a long way! Although I'll be cycling alone, this will be a family effort and I'll be ably supported by Rhys and Jude at strategic refuelling stations (pubs) along the way.[/p][p]As a family, Spread a Smile and Great Ormond Street remain close to our hearts and once again I will be raising money on their behalf. During lockdown, tight restrictions in hospitals meant children were denied personal visits but [url=https://spreadasmile.org/]Spread a Smile,[/url] were able to adapt to continue to deliver fun and laughter to hospitalised children through virtual visits and Smile TV. [/p][p]Charities rely heavily on fundraising events and Covid has left many with a shortfall in income, In the month after lockdown began, the top 50 charities lost 93% of their income compared to the year before, with the charity sector as a whole losing 44%. In this period, the cancer charities that research new treatments and offer emotional support to families going through tough times lost 87% of their fundraising. Please dig deep and give what you can. [/p][p]' Never Give up'[/p][p]Gareth[/p][p][br][/p][p]05.07.2021[/p][p]Having spent the weekend going over most of the route on Google Street View I've made a few tweaks to keep off the busier roads and to include a climb from the "Another 100 Greatest Climbs Book" that Sam had bought and wrapped for my Birthday in 2019. Sam died before he could give it to me, as a result it's a book close to my heart and one I intend to complete. The hill past the Uffington White Horse will be the 21st I have completed of the 100 and I'm pleased I was able to include in the route. These tweaks mean the distance is now 298Km and the sponsorship target $2980! [/p][p]Thanks you all for your generosity and amazing words of encouragement. The weather for Saturday is looking good at the moment, so I think we're on![/p][p][br][/p][p]09.07.2021[/p][p]Thank you so much - again - for your generosity and words of encouragement. You’ve smashed the sponsorship target, and I’m truly humbled! [/p][p]The weather is not great with some rain forecast, but the winds are light and I’m unlikely to get sunburnt so not so bad – [b]I’m going for it.[/b][/p][p]I’ve been beset by some nerves and anxiety as the date has approached. The distance is daunting but the time spent in the same position and the resulting aches and pains in the neck and shoulder are what I’m most fearful of. I’ve decided to pack other shoes, clothes, even a different bike should I need to swap for a slight change in position and some relief.[/p][p]The plan is to go slow and steady, departing at 6am after as big a breakfast as I can stomach.[/p][p]I have all the motivation I need and hope I’ll make the goal![/p][p]Fingers crossed, [/p][p]Gareth [/p][p][br][/p][p]12.07.21[/p][p]All done - what a day! Thank you for all the support and messages throughout the day. The messages all pop up on my cycle computer and really helped lift my spirits and break the monotony. A massive hug and thank you to my support crew for enduring such a long journey to Wales. The rendezvous at the check points were such a welcome break and helped me focus on one leg at a time. [/p][p]I think I had a little extra help from above and was spared any heavy rain, punctures or mechanicals so I only needed the one bike, but I did change 3 time to keep dry and comfortable.[/p][p]The end stats were: 300.1Km in 11:33 of cycling and 14 hours overall. The full details are [url=https://www.strava.com/activities/5606832498]here[/url].[/p][p]I tried to take a little video every hour and the terrible and sniffy result is [url=https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AyS5Qn_BSjUZS0mOT6WPDlNBfd7Q_2Go/view?usp=sharing]here[/url]. [/p][p]Thank You all once again![/p][p]Gareth[/p]
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Supporters


Sep 5, 2021

Anonymous

Love from Aunty Margaret.x

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Jul 28, 2021

Paul Mills

Well done - great effort Gareth. Super human.

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Jul 20, 2021

Anonymous

£25.00

plus £6.25 Gift Aid


Jul 17, 2021

Anonymous

From Anthony - Larch Close

£20.00


Jul 17, 2021

Heulwen Thomas

With love from Heulwen.

£20.00


Jul 13, 2021

Toss

Well done Gareth.

£25.00

plus £6.25 Gift Aid


Jul 13, 2021

Sri

Great initiative, and congratulations on finishing the long ride !

£50.00


Jul 12, 2021

Louise

An epic ride, very inspiring, happy to donate to such a good cause


Jul 12, 2021

Danny Gregory

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Jul 12, 2021

John Connolly

Well done Gareth best wishes to you and the family

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid

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