The three oldest members of the Gurning Grimpeurs are extremely proud of the two youngest. Not only did Molly and Patrick shake our collection bucket with panache and dole out LLR stickers with a smile, they pedalled us over the 100 mile, finish line, at our turbo trainer challenge in Kingston’s Bentall Centre on Sunday 5th July.
Collectively we cycled 200 miles – according to Garmin – in just under six hours and raised £240 for LLR. A huge thank you to the staff at the shopping centre and to all the shoppers who gave so generously.
We almost certainly broke some records. Iain managed to get a puncture while riding on the turbo. We’re still not sure how this happened. Heat? Excessive friction? It’s got to be a first. We also think we’re the first turbo cyclists to keep pedalling whilst eating frozen yoghurt. Jackie's primary motivation to keep pedalling was the thought of stopping for a ‘Snog’ at the 40 mile mark. Very nice it was too!
We met lots of people who’d been touched by leukaemia and lymphoma in some way. Yaser Martini and his friends came over to say hello. Yaser – along with family and friends - has founded a charity to highlight the difficulties people of mixed ethnicity can have in finding a suitable bone marrow donor. This was the situation his 14 month old daughter Margot was in in 2013. She eventually found a donor – coincidentally the same month, February 2014 in which Molly & Patrick’s dad, Mike, died. Sadly Margot also passed away in October 2014. Team Margot is determined to get as many potential donors registered as possible – and especially people with a mixed genealogy.
Gurning Grimpeurs’ next challenge? Who knows? There are mutterings about a yard sale (sounds a bit American), a cake sale, more turbo shenanigans and a quiz night. Keep gurning and watch this space.