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Kimberley Cogger

2018 Deloitte Ride Across Britain

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hello, my name is Kimberley and I have a confession to make...I am little obsessed with cycling (and the amazing pubs and cafes that I get to stop at mid-ride!)[/p][p]As you probably already know, about 18 months ago I purchased a road bike. Yep, one of those fast, racer type things that I had no business owning seeing as I’d only ridden a bike about 5 times since I was a 12 year old racing the boys on my Raleigh Burner BMX. It was a short, yet successful cycling career. Dad obviously just shook his head and passed this bike nonsense off as another of my fads, especially as me and exercise had never been playmates. Anyway, I figured if I got bored I could sell it. This wasn’t to be, as the moment I sat on the thing and had my first riding lesson in the car park at work I was hooked. [/p][p]Not content with weekend riding around the Home Counties and Kent I’ve decided to do something epic/stupid. This September I'll be mounting my trusty steed and will endeavour to take on Britain’s world famous long-distance cycle challenge - Lands End to John O' Groats.[/p][p]The aim is to cycle through 23 counties and cover 980 miles from the most south westerly point of Cornwall to the most north easterly tip of Scotland. This test of endurance will also, hopefully, see me climb twice the height of Everest whilst cycling up to 118 miles per day. What on earth is wrong with me? [/p][p]Of course, as if 9 solid days of cycling, probably in the wind and rain, the potential punctures, the hills, the distance and the ever present threat of saddles sores isn't challenge enough, I will be spending my nights sleeping in a small green tent (my worst nightmare) whilst no doubt having a chorus of 799 other exhausted cyclists snoring and parping the night away (did I mention I really, really hate camping?!). [/p][p]Training has started in earnest, somewhat blighted by the weather, chest infections and the fact I don’t have the standard physique of a hill climbing cyclist...you’ve seen the size of my behind right? Thankfully, it turns out that cycling has given me a weird, new found determination and I will be ready for those hills, no matter how long it takes me to get up them, I WILL get up them! [/p][p]The reason for putting myself through all this? Well, after attending a fundraising event held at Gillingham Football Club for Take Heart Mercy Mission, I was truly moved when listening to the team from Evelina Children’s Hospital in London speak about their work conducting life changing heart operations on very young children in Sri Lanka. After meeting some of the team, I felt compelled to raise some money to support this small charity that isn’t on everyone’s radar, but one that does such wonderful and important work. [/p][p][url=http://www.takeheartmercymission.com/files/346-take-heart-brochure-a4.pdf]http://www.takeheartmercymission.com/files/346-take-heart-brochure-a4.pdf[/url] [/p][p]Any donation you make, no matter how small, towards my target will be hugely appreciated by not only by me, but by all those little hearts that these funds will help save. Every contribution that you make will also encourage me along the way knowing that every punctured tyre, every training mile ridden, every unladylike dismount and every tube of chamois cream has been entirely worthwhile.[/p][p]Eat, sleep, ride, repeat![/p][p]Kimberley xx[/p][p][i] “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them”[/i] – Ernest Hemingway[/p][p][i]“Cycling isn't a game, it's a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn't play at cycling.”[/i] – Jean de Gribaldy[/p]
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Share Kimberley's story


Oct 22, 2018


You are still quite mad

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 15, 2018

David Gooding

Well done!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 10, 2018

Pete and Carol Kerrigan

Finally got round to this ! Well done Kimberley ! What a fantastic feat and a great cause !

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 26, 2018


In awe and insanely jealous. You are an absolute inspiration! Hope it wasn't too rainy!!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 25, 2018

Kevin Brooks

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 23, 2018

Michael Anderson

Well done Kimberly a great effort for a great cause xx

£500.00 plus £125.00 Gift Aid

Sep 23, 2018


Well done Kimberley, love ya darlin’ x

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

Sep 23, 2018

Jim and Andy Who

Seeing the butt bruise was worth donating to! Well done you x

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Sep 19, 2018

Steve Jessup

Well done young lady. A fine effort from one so young and pretty......

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 18, 2018

Paul German

Congratulations hunny. So nice to meet you. Smile on your face all the way round. Love it x

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid