Richard H
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Finished (in all senses of the word!)

Richard H
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01 Sep 2014

Well done Harry!

https://plus.google.com/u/0/102372630242121529371/posts/SyaiQuvreqB

http://app.strava.com/activities/187999566

Yes, the boy done good, I'm frankly staggered he made it around, I was fully prepared for a major meltdown or injury.  He'd really done sweet FA.  After mile 55 he was firing on 3 cylinders and there was a memorable mournful moment as he could barely lift a bottle of coke to his lips whilst sitting slumped on the ground in a garage forecourt.  Not unsurprisingly it all unravelled at mile 81 up the last climb, he started cramping badly in the saddle, but he wasn't the only person to end up walking that hill. Thereafter it required several judicious recovery stops in the last 19 miles to nurse him home.  The beauty of these charity gigs is there's really some quite unfit but well intentioned large lycra clad folk on beautiful machines laying in ditches all along the route which did cheer Harry up no end.  We were also blessed with good weather.

A HUGE thanks again to everyone who generously supported us and the charity.  Excluding the gift aid the total stands at £1,150 which will be doubled up to £2,300 by my company JLT.  Wow!

Our friend, to all intents and purposes, is able to live a normal life once again, although this requires £30k a year on drugs to keep the Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) at bay.  A bone marrow transplant is the last resort and by all accounts a harrowing experience, and only grants a life expectancy of 5 years on average.

Harry and Richard

xxx