London to Brighton cycle ride. Phil's report
The Ace of Hearts group was invited to support the BHF annual cycle ride from London to Brighton for charity. Guy Beattie (AoH Ctte Member) was instrumental in press ganging, sorry persuading a number of brave souls to buy a bike and try to ride it 54 miles to Brighton. Being the only sensible person, I said “No Way Hosea!” I did however volunteer to be in charge of transport. (I now withdraw my assertion above that I am in any way sensible!). Our intrepid Members all completed the marathon journey and all deserve an Endurance Award.
Pacemaker Members are:
Ian Giles (AoH Chairman)
Amanda Mitchell (AoH Founder)
Guy Beattie (AoH Events Mangr)
Tony Holder (AoH Member)
David Brown (AoH Member)
Also friends Emma, Terry and Johno completed the 8 rider team. Due to unforeseen circumstances it took 12 hours to complete. (See Amanda’s article on page 3 (NO - not that page 3 !).
The team raised a massive £3196.72 for charity and the cheque was presented to Jo Howe (BHF) in the presence of the Mayor of Bexley at the Montrose Club in Sidcup. WELL DONE AoH Pacemakers in 2014.
London to Brighton cycle ride. Amanda's report
on and I shouted back at him - “******” (expletives deleted!). Looking back at it, he was warning us of the stampede catching up with us. He was right, (retrospective apologies to the man I yelled at). Ian’s knee held out the race but he suffered in silence and somehow made it to the end. Amazing when he had the knee operation barely one month beforehand. He doesn’t recommend this type of post op exercise as conducive therapy. (He has now had a second op!) The craziest thing was being advised by a competitive female cyclist that removal of undergarments ( going commando) is essential to be a more comfortable experience!? I’m not mentioning AoH names who actually followed this advice (Guy?), but it seemed a load of old nonsense to me until 4 hours into the race!! This professionals advice couldn’t have been more valuable — FRICTION
Phil’s supply of Sudocrem was in the trailer!! I could go on about the day, as I loved every minute of it, especially being with my support group friends……it was a day I won’t forget, Well done Tony—you were my star of the day for sure…!! Here’s to 2015 L2B !?! Amanda