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Sponsor Jane Thurnell-Read !

Postby Ian Pegler » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:59 am

from David Dixon...

Jane Thurnell-Read is raising money to pay for one well to be located and dug by Village Water in the Western Province of Zambia.

She will cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats. Taking 12 days, this is a huge undertaking and deserves every penny of sponsorship that she can raise.

She’s paying her own overnight expenses and other support costs so no one could possible do more off her own bat. The target is £2500 – that will pay for the well, for self-help sanitation with one pit latrine per family including hand washing, many other sanitation & health improvements, the training of two pump minders from the village to look after the well, plus hygiene education.

As I write this, Jane’s sponsorship is already at £250, including Gift Aid – so she’s “well” into raising the cash. Please go to Jane’s website and help sponsor her. http://www.justgiving.com/janebiking

Thanks to everyone and here’s to a great 2009.

David Dixon

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Re: Sponsor Jane Thurnell-Read !

Postby Ian Pegler » Sun May 24, 2009 7:46 am

I just received the following from David Dixon...

Thanks to all who sponsored Jane’s cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats...

It was a lot of hard graft, but she did it is style. She raised an astonishing £2803 for Village Water’s work in Africa which will provide for a water well and self-help sanitation for all the people in one large village of around 300 men, women and children with one latrine per household.

The impact in saving children’s lives, in particular, is huge. So thank you Jane from all supporters of Village Water. If you missed the chance to sponsor Jane before the attempt, then please log on to her site at http://www.justgiving.com/janebiking
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Re: Sponsor Jane Thurnell-Read !

Postby Ian Pegler » Sun May 24, 2009 7:54 am

...and a message from Jane...

hello everyone

I got back from my trip very late on Sunday night and am beginning to feel refreshed and revived, so I thought I'd write to you all with an account of the trip. Hope you find it interesting:

About 970 miles in 12 days – Land’s End in the extreme SW of England to John O’Groats in the extreme NE of Scotland. I came back tired but proud I’d completed the trip and also in the process managed to raise over £2000 for Village Water.

The first day was Lands End to Liskeard, a mere 73 miles. The route took us past my house, which was a very strange experience. John, my partner, rode with us till lunch. I rode with 2 men, Tom and Steve, (as well as John) and was delighted to discover that I was in the fast group at the front. There were 12 other riders and 2 support crew with two vans.

The second day was Liskeard to Sampford Peverell, 72 miles. It was raining when we left Liskeard but eventually the sun did come out. Once again I rode with Tom and Steve, enjoying being at the front again. I know it’s not a race, but it still feels good to know I’m faster than so many people who are a lot younger than me. We have two support crew and one of them, Kenny, asked me my age in the evening. He nearly fell off his bar stool when I told him!

3rd day once again I rode with the two “boys” Today it was Sampford Peverell to Tintern and a longer day at 86 miles. There was a last sweeping descent to Tintern itself and a sudden magnificent view of the ruined abbey there – worth the hardship of the day for that view. Rain in the evening, although it had been fine during the day.

Tintern to Shrewsbury for the fourth day. 88 miles. Rode some of this on my own as I was tired from the fast pace of the first three days, but I was still faster than most people. Got lost round the one-way system in Shrewsbury town centre but eventually found the hotel.

Shrewsbury to Preston (77 miles) was dire with riding on the A49 (especially the bit through Warrington) being fairly challenging. Every traffic light seemed to be against us, and then it started raining. I had a rain jacket with me but even so I got wet and cold – glad to reach the end of the day.

The 6th day brought Shrewsbury to Carlisle and Shap Hill. We were told how bad this was ( a five mile climb), but I was second up and a bit surprised it hadn’t been steeper. The weather started to come in, so Tom and I had a quick lunch at the top of Shap Hill (provided as always by the support people) and set off again. About a minute into this part of the ride the heavens opened. A passing car aqua-planed on the road but fortunately it had pulled right over to the other side to pass me so I was not in any danger. Very quickly I left Tom behind and cycled on feeling strong. Soon the rain stopped and the sun came out and I enjoyed going fast and feeling good.

Day 7 was Carlisle to Kilmarnock in Scotland. In theory 96 miles today, but Jason, the other support guy, told me an alternative route to get to the hotel and added 9 extra miles to my ride by mistake! A long day and I rode most of it on my own, meeting up with some of the others at the 3 roadside breaks (mid-morning, lunch and mid-afternoon). At last we were in Scotland I was beginning to appreciate just how far we’d cycled.

Day 8 Kilmarnock to Inverary was the day we travelled about 78 miles and used a ferry to cross to Dunoon. A magical day with the Sun shining and the route taking us round the sides of some beautiful Scottish lochs. A slight head wind for some of it but nothing like what was to come. (Looking back after day 12 I wondered why I had complained about the head wind on this day - it seemed like a gentle breeze by comparison.)

Day 9 was Inverary to Invergarry – a longer day of 95 miles. I think it was on this day that I walked up part of one very steep hill – the only time I did it – but my legs felt very tired and I decided not to push myself. Am I learning sense at last? More Scottish lochs and great scenery.

Day 10 Invergarry to Bonar Bridge. 76 miles. I was really beginning to feel tired, but still managing to enjoy the riding even so. That night three of us stayed in a separate B&B as the hotel had not had room for us all. It was a truly sumptuous place – I felt a bit nervous about my dirty sweaty clothes. Next morning a great breakfast but we had to be on the road so we couldn’t really relax and enjoy it to the full.

Day 11 Bonar Bridge to Bettyhill. 55 miles – that now constitutes a short day! Some pretty scenery and some rugged bare mountain wilderness. The east wind is really beginning to blow. The second half of the afternoon we turned into this cold head wind and it was time to grit the teeth and just keep going. This was actually one of my favourite days. I love the experience of cycling (when I’m really fit) and pitting myself against the elements. Everyone else hated the day. When we got to the hotel we were told the forecast had been for a 25 mile an hour wind. “What about tomorrow?” we asked. “Oh worse – 25 mile an hour winds, gusting to 40 miles an hour and a high chance of rain.” Other cyclists laughed and asked me if I was going to enjoy the next day as well!

Day 12 Bettyhill to John O’Groats. Well, this was the toughest day of all even though it was ‘only’ 52 miles. The weather forecast was correct. The wind was still in the east. We were going mainly east and occasionally turning north. The wind was truly horrendous – you’d have to describe it as a gale-force wind. My average speed on the other days had been around 13.5 miles an hour with one day averaging over 15 miles an hour. On this final day it was 9.1 miles an hour. The ride demanded total concentration: if you stopped pedaling when you had the east wind, the bike felt like it was about to go backwards. If you stopped pedaling when riding north, the cross wind would almost blow you and the bike across the road. The rain lashed at my face stinging it and making it difficult to see. I enjoyed the first 20 miles but after that it became a hard grind. About 2 miles from the destination I eased up on the riding and spent a few minutes reflecting on the trip and what I’d achieved.

The plan had been to have a big celebration at John O’Groats, take photos and sign the official end-to-enders book. Because of the weather conditions, we didn’t do any of these so the only proof I have that I got there is a certificate from the company who organised the trip.

Now I’m back at home, resting a bit, catching up with work and friends and reminding myself to eat less!

Thank you to all of you for supporting me through donations to Village Water and through your cards and good wishes. If you’d like to do a similar trip, then contact the organisers Discover Adventure.

You can see my online fund-raising progress here: http://www.justgiving.com/janebiking

Thanks

Jane Thurnell-Read
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