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Tim Walpole

Tim Walpole's fundraising page

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=text-decoration: underline;][b][lt]span style="color: #0000ff;"[gt]I DID IT[/span][/b][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=color: #0000ff;]I completed the ride successfully, despite the wind and rain – and occasional abuse from onlookers.[/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=color: #0000ff;]It was a great experience to be involved with a couple of thousand riders all with one cause. It was also amazing the response of the majority of people on the streets and the other road-users.[/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=color: #0000ff;]I managed to complete the 52 miles in 3hrs, which I am really pleased with. This included some long climbs and a lot of traffic lights – most of which seemed to be on red![/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=color: #0000ff;]The total pledged to my charity collection has been awesome[lt]span id="_marker"[gt] and i have been very touched by people's generosity.[/span][lt]/span[gt][/p][p][span=text-decoration: underline;][b][lt]span style="color: #000000;"[gt]I’m off to see the lights![/span][/b][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt]Well after many years of prevaricating as to why I shouldn’t do numerous forms of exercise - other than getting up in the morning and lifting a fork of food or glass of drink above elbow height - I have finally taken the plunge and done something about getting a bit fitter.[/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt]I thought I’d better do something for charity to give me an aim, so I had a look at all the glamorous events around, such as; the London Marathon – too much running, riding the Cresta Run – too cold, swimming the Channel – too wet! After much deliberation, I finally decided that cycling was the way to go. So a bike was arranged and I was up and ready to get on the road. A couple of short rides made me question the sanity of what I’d decided, as I was unable to even get up the hill out of the town![/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt]The next thing was to set a target and after looking at various events, I decided on signing up for the ‘British Heart Foundation Night Ride’. I thought that the sight of me sweating in Lycra was not something to be thrust on the public, so an event under the cover of darkness suited the situation perfectly![/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt]Unfortunately training was halted prematurely due to a bout of Campylobacter (although this did help with rapid weight loss) and a visit to the hospital for a small operation to my shoulder, but now I’m out and about and ramping up the miles. Thanks to a birthday and some nice things from friends and acquaintances, I’ve got nearly all the gear – although as the phrase goes still little idea![/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt]This is not the longest cycling charity event - the route is approximately 52 miles – but it is one of the more unusual ones. It starts inside the Trafford Centre in Manchester and passes through Walkden, Chorley and Preston, before joining the coast to enter Blackpool through Lytham St Annes. Finally it finishes at Blackpool's Tower Headlands, near the famous Tower, and Blackpool has kindly agreed to keep both the Tower and the famous Illuminations lit to help guide us to the finish line, so it's a case of seeing the light at the end![/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt]The 2012 Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride gets underway late at night on the 29[sup]th[/sup] September, just as the Lancashire pubs and clubs are spilling out on to the streets and hopefully ends before the sun rises the following morning.[/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt]For more details on the [url=http://www.bhf.org.uk/research/mending-broken-hearts.aspx]BHF[/url] and more info on the [url=http://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/bike-rides/city-to-coast-bike-rides/manchester-to-blackpool-bike-r.aspx]Night Ride[/url] There's still a chance to get involved and join in with this year's ride.[/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations and special thanks to [url=http://www.craft.se/]Craft[/url] and [url=http://www.wiggle.co.uk/]Wiggle[/url] with their help in getting me on the road.[/p]

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Event

Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride

Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride

29 Sep 2012

Charity

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation

Supporters

01-Oct-2012

Gary

Well done Tim!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

27-Sep-2012

Phoebe B

Well done Uncle Tim love Phoebe xx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

25-Sep-2012

Fat-Mike Greenough

Good on yer "Slim-Tim!"

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

24-Sep-2012

Nick Wraith

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

21-Sep-2012

Adam

Good luck Mr W, hope your shoulder holds out!! :)

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

21-Sep-2012

Anonymous

Good man, Tim. My old man is about to have heart surgery so well done.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

21-Sep-2012

Richard Wynn

Good luck mate. Don't forget to take lashings of vaseline. Richard

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

19-Sep-2012

Andy Foulkes

I look on it as an 'investment'. Good on ya Tim.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

19-Sep-2012

Mark, Richard and everyone at Data Pacific

Good luck Tim.

£50.00

31-Jul-2012

Jane and Chris

Good luck Tim! Photos will be worth a giggle1

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid