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Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Why did I say yes?

Posted by: JHM Date: 04 Jun 2019

Past Master Jeremy Blanford is training for the bike ride of his life.

As I ride around the Kent countryside, the rain and hail are falling and I am soaked to the skin. I ask myself why on earth I signed up to ride 150 miles in a day?

Well, I have given that considerable thought and I can only think that as a representative of the Court on the Events Committee I should lead by example. And deep down, I have always loved a challenge.

Training started at the end of March, which in hindsight was probably a little too early. I was out three times a week starting with a 10-mile course and building it up by 10 miles a time each week. I did interrupt this schedule by riding 60 miles down from London to home on Good Friday and the good news was I didn’t die!

Thanks to my daughter Sarah, who I volunteered to come with me, and Fin my future son-in-law, we pick different parts of the south-east to ride at week-ends using the most modern technology (well beyond me). Our routes consist of B and C class roads – very few A roads are used.

On the spring bank holiday we thought we would try 100 miles, just to see how training was really coming on. The technology was downloaded and off we went around the whole of Kent. We started at 10.30 a.m. and finished at 6.30 p.m, 101.3 miles later.  We all survived and quietly felt we could have done the extra 50 miles, if we had to. We did have the most beautiful weather though . . .

However, one thing we do need to pray for, and that is a westerly wind to blow us from Seascale in the west, to Whitby in the east. Also, here’s hoping for no mechanical disasters or punctures.

Roll on the 29th June!

Six Cordwainers are cycling 150 miles in a day, from Seascale to Whitby, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Please sponsor them here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cordwainerscoast2coast