John Fletcher – getting into gear for the Hadrian’s Cycleway Challenge in aid of Transaid

As we gear up for a 157-mile coast to coast cycling challenge across northern England in aid of one of our Open Hands charities, here’s my cycling story... 

For as long as I remember, I’ve loved cycling, whether as a kid on my hand-me-down Raleigh Chopper or, more recently, enjoying mountain biking the trails local to me in Woburn or cycling the roads of Beds, Bucks and beyond.

From social rides with a group of friends and with my family to solo cycling, being on a bike gives me a sense of well-being and helps in a small way to keep the bulges of middle age at bay!

Having completed a few personal cycling challenges in recent years, I was drawn to the Hadrian’s Cycleway as a bucket list coast to coast ride. We’ll be cycling amongst some of the most unique scenery and heritage this country has to offer. As a long-standing advocate for the work that Transaid does, it wasn’t a difficult decision to get involved for this great cause.

Sitting on the Transaid’s Road Safety Advisory Board, I’ve been fortunate to learn first-hand about the charity’s impact and understand the huge underlying need for the work it does. In a nutshell, Transaid supports governments and training institutions to deliver much-needed improvement to driving standards, in addition to giving rural communities access to vital, life-saving healthcare.

Training for the ride has meant trying to get out on the bike as much as I can. This has included some very hot days in the saddle whilst on holiday and latterly taking part in another charity event for Willen Hospice. Fingers crossed that the weather does its bit and stays dry and keeps the wind behind us!

Thank you for your support. I know there are a lot of very pressing issues closer to home at the moment, but Transaid is a charity that genuinely saves lives, and even small amounts go a very long way.


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