Kevin Hill
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Kevin Hill
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01 Nov 2014

Hi, my name is Kevin and I'm undertaking this ride in memory of my daughter Naomi who was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 1996 aged two and sadly died 15 months later desite the best efforts of the team at Birmingham Childrens Hospital who Naomi loved.

Since that time I've completed various local rides raising funds for L&LR but as this year Naomi would have been 21 I thought I should mark this landmark age in a special way. Initially I had thought to enter the 2014 ride but just a little training convinced me there was no way I was going to get in any shape to undertake it so held off for 2015.Having now put in some work and completed the inaugural Birmingham ride feel I stand a chance of making it so here goes. Riding the road when the weather allows and on the trainer in the garage when it isn't to build up some stamina over the winter I'll have to seriously up this next year, but nothing coms easy.

At 58 not sure about time trials and hill climbs, just want to arrive with my lungs on the inside so the bike is already fitted with the "lantern rouge" so just look back and give me a wave occasionally.

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03.11.2014

Hi Kevin,

We're so pleased you've decided to join us for London | Paris 2015! We really appreciate your ongoing support, and we will be honoured to have you cycle with us in memory of your daughter Naomi. 

I'm glad the Birmingham Bikeathon convinced you that you have what it takes to make it to Paris! We will be sending out lots of training advice over the coming months, and we'll be holding training days so you can all meet your fellow cyclists and feel confident that your training is paying off!

Just shout if you need anything from us at all or just want to hear more about what you can expect over the four days. My email address is bmcdonald@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk.

Speak soon,

Bekah (London | Paris Crew)

Anonymous
03.11.2014

Hi Kevin
I'm your age, give or take a little, I started road biking about 10 months before the 2014 ride, I work abroad on a weekly basis so my training consisted of gym bikes and real rides at weekends. I took the complete rather than compete approach which served me well til the 10k one on day 3 where I crossed the line and went for it.

I got there and loved it even though my training partner had to drop out as he dislocated his collar bone on a training run.

All the best
Mark

I've committed to next year with my son and the same training partner.

You'll love it, there lots of training guides to help, if you can get with others it'll help drive you on too.

Anonymous
03.11.2014

Hi Kevin

It is good to read your story and that you are entering L2P 2015 in memory of your daughter Naomi.

I live in Nottingham and cycle with the West Bridgford Cycling Club and we are hoping that 20 of our members will participate in L2P next year.

I am 65 years old and was diagnosed with CLL in 2010 but fortunately I am still on the 'watch and wait' programme. WBCC are holding a meeting in West Bridgford on Thursday 13th November to discuss our tremendous excitement at taking part in this years L2P event and to encourage others to participate next year. You are more than welcome to join us (if you want to make the journey) and hopefully our enthusiasm for the event will rub off on you.

You can find me on Facebook and Strava - let me know if you are interested in joining us at Pizza Express in WB for an informal evening.

03.11.2014

Hi Kevin,

Welcome to our Unstoppable London to Paris 2015 team! It's absolutely great to have you on board. What you're doing in memory of Naomi is absolutely fantastic and with such a clear motivation driving you to do this, I'm in no doubt that you'll be able to do this. As Bekah says, we'll be sending lots of training advice over the coming weeks and months and you've still got plenty of time to get yourself in shape.

All the best with the fundraising too - if there's anything that we can do to help in this regard then do let us know as that's also what we're here for!

Thanks again for signing up to do this - it's thanks to fundraisers like you that I'm still here today. 

Anonymous
03.11.2014

Kevin, you're off to a great start! Winter miles make summer smiles (as we all found out in June on the 2014 LTP!).
My husband and I rode it on our tandem. Tandems are not known for their uphill ability but we still made it up all the hills without walking. Did I mention that I'm a leg amputee?! So, even with 3 legs between us we managed it.
The support you'll get is second to none. Encouragement from fellow riders and people along the way and even a push from a Ride Captain when you don't think you have anything left in the tank.
I can highly recommend the West Bridgford guys if you're anywhere close by. They're a great bunch and have some LTP experience so can help and encourage you tons.
Good luck with your training and with the ride next year.
Tessa

03.11.2014

Hi Kevin,

You have made a very wise decision to enter this ride as yes its about fundraising and yes its riding to Paris from London and they might be the banner things to0 say but actually they are not.

The real magic is none of these things and not even closed roads.

What makes this ride so special are the riders and the camaraderie that lift you through the miles with laughter and general fun.

The time trials and hills are there for a challenge if on the day you think ill just ride at normal pace well then thats fine too.

This is not the Tour De France its The Tour de Force of charity rides.

If you need a group to ride with to make you feel part of a team ride with West Bridgford Cycle Club. We hope to have 20 riders on the event.

Last year we took a few under our wing and they had a great time.

Most of our club will ride as last year in the Slow (NO SOCIAL GROUP) :-D come and join us and make some new friends.

Mick :-D

Anonymous
03.11.2014

Hello Kevin, I'm Sheila and I learned to ride just a few months before the 2014 ride so training was fitted in around my efforts to stay upright and around modern daily living; however, with the incredible support from LLR who really are extraordinary in the lengths they go to to make sure you are happy, well and comfortable throughout the ride, meant that even someone like me managed to complete the ride.

The ride captains are fabulous and will help you if you need it by giving you a 'push' (I had <cough> one or two of these), the mechanics are similarly fabulous and will again help you - including a push-start uphill (I had several of these too) - and, as for the physios, paramedics and crew - well, I could hug and kiss them all but I would embarrass them.

The camaraderie and support from fellow riders will also bring you through - we are all in it together, it is great getting to know everyone; their stories; and just enjoying the experience, and we all want to raise money for LLR. It all equates to a heady emotional and inspiring mix.

I was touched by your story and very sorry to hear about Naomi and I very much look forward to meeting you in person. I will also (hopefully) be at the WBBC event on 13 November.

L2P 2015 will be four incredible days that become about much more than cycling from London to Paris. You will be OK!

Anonymous
07.11.2014

Hi Kevin,

Just a very quick message of support and best wishes. You have made a fantastic decision in taking on this challenge in memory of your beautiful daughter. I took part in 2014 with my partner Jimmy, in memory of my dad. It was a simply inspiring, extraordinary, humbling experience, and I felt honoured to ride with such genuinely fantastic people for a common cause. You will truly have a ball. Sending you all the best.

Ellie