The Common Runner – Week 42, 2014

“Back in November last year I thought it’d be a good idea to sign up for the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, not sure I fully read the small print. Average of 100 miles a day for 9 days! Gulp. Well it came round quick enough, and with my usual preparations (or lack of!)

I headed down to base camp at Lands End with 799 others, not really sure what to expect. Well any uncertainty was cleared up after the first day, 107 miles and over 8000ft of climbs. In my tent that night I thought I’d bitten off more than I could chew, after an early night and a hearty breakfast I headed out on the second of nine days, this was only a mere 6000ft or so of elevation today! The toughest 2 days of cycling I’ve ever done. Everyone kept saying if you made it through the first 2 days you could do the whole lot, they were obviously right, although there were plenty of further challenges, the Quantock Hills and the Cheddar Gorge on Day two were lively, Day 3 we dipped into Wales and had to divert over a lovely steep hill in the Wye Valley due to a road closure, the scenery made up for the inconvenience though. ”

Much more in this week’s Common Runner …