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Joshua Morris

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Target £0.00

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My story

[div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]An expectant father is to take on cycling's hour record just weeks before his wife gives birth because he thinks it's harder.[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]Josh Morris, 29, from Liverpool will attempt to break Bradley Wiggins's Hour Record at the historic Maindy Cycle Track in Cardiff on Thursday May 11 astride a bike he put together for less than £150,[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]The Stockport born Cardiff University graduate thinks he'll be able to see what his wife Laura, 30, will go through ahead of the birth of their first child, due at the end of the month.[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]If he fails to beat the multiple gold medal and Tour de France winner's distance of 54.526km (33.88 miles), Josh says he'll settle for beating the course record at the track built for the Empire Games of 1958 which currently stands at 35.626km (22.137 miles).[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]Josh said: "I saw Bradley Wiggins say it was the nearest thing that men can do to giving birth and well, I heard a woman who'd done both ( Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel say the cycling was harder, so with my wife about to give birth I thought I'd give it a go so I know what she's going through.[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]"Anyway, loads of people have given birth and not many people have ridden a bike round a track dead hard for an hour, so there we go.[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]"My wife thinks I'm being silly but at least I haven't been going on about it for nearly three quarters of a year."[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]Josh's wife, Laura Morris, 30, said: "It's not going to be harder and I think we all know that. And it's silly to try and compare anyway."[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]Josh continued: "In all seriousness, I've been sat in antenatal classes thinking how luck we are here in the UK. We've got people who've studied it and seen hundreds of births who know what they're doing right there if you're even just the slightest bit concerned about something.[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]"Giving birth is the closest most women come to death during normal life and it's not risk free even in this country with our nationalised health service.[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]"I remember reading about that poor woman from Nigeria who'd been desperate enough to take two transatlantic flights because she was so scared of what might happen giving birth to quadruplets at home.[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]"There are women out there who don't have that and I wanted to draw attention to it and maybe try and do something about it by raising a bit of money for Maternity Worldwide."[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]Natalie hayden, fundraising support officer at Maternity Worldwide said: "Here at Maternity Worldwide we are very excited to have Josh supporting us with such a fantastic and unique fundraising event! [/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]"Every day 800 women die during childbirth or pregnancy, 99% of these mothers live in low-income countries. On average it costs just £15 to provide a safe birth for a mother and her baby, so the money Josh will raise from this event will really help to make a difference."[/div] [div=font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;]For more information or to donate visit [url=http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MyDeadHardHour]http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MyDeadHardHour[/url] or email [url=mailto:hello@joshowenmorris.co.uk]hello@joshowenmorris.co.uk[/url][/div][lt]br /[gt]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

11 May 2017

Supporters

May 22, 2017

Rebecca O

Well done Josh but well done Jarv! Congrats on Evan! X

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 20, 2017

Charlotte

Josh well done, even if you didn't beat Wiggo's record. We watched Chris Boardman break the Hour Record many years ago and that looked tough. But yes I agree with Laura.... Well done Charlotte

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 12, 2017

Glyn E

Well done Josh, great cause

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 12, 2017

Lara Davies

Absolutely brilliant! Hannah told me how well you did yesterday. Good luck with the dad bit now!! (From Lara, Hannah's studio mate and keen cyclist)

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 11, 2017

Arron

Congratulations to the new record holder!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 11, 2017

Dan Ascough

Good luck!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 10, 2017

H and O

Go fast josh

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 9, 2017

Heidi

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 9, 2017

Nicola

Good luck!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 9, 2017

Anonymous