April 2018 already! were does the time go? So from my last blog training picked up at an incredible rate and culminated in a wonderfully challening but brilliant Windy. For some wonderful photos and the 'directors report' feel free to have a look at the Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/Windylongone/
So... 2018, this year Windy had become B2B - Bala 2 Belvoir... 3k swim in Lake Bala, two day ride to the Vale of Belvoir and then the group will be taking part in the Equinox 24hr event - visit there site to find out what world of crazy we will be entering there. http://www.equinox24.co.uk.
This year my role will be different, I will still be organising the logistic but being bike support rather than taking part myself. I still plan to have a little swim and run fitting into the teams as and when needed if someone needs some extra rest.
Now we have just about seen the back of the bad weather training has begun in earnest and I will do my best to keep the blog updated with some quality pics of everyone sloggin away!
2017 is going to be a big one for me personally as well as F4F Events. I have taken on big challenges, the biggest being 'The Windy Long One'. A fund raising event for the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre based at The Nottingham Trent University.
First group ride managed to get a good number of Windies out in the Vale of Belvoir. Again we were lucky with the weather and event more lucky with the lunch stop. Managed to get there before they stopped serving food, phew!!, and really enjoyed the hospitality of Dickies in Plungar - would highly recommend a little visit sometime soon.
The link to Dickies if you would like to find out more facebook.com/tufx.workhorsewheelbarrows
The latest updates on The Windy Long One’s progress, at the beginning of 2017 our cycling jerseys were ordered and we secured a supplier for our running vests. So our kit is coming along nicely and we will soon all be training in full Windy colours.
Our first fundraising event the Wattbikeathon was a brilliant success with Windy competitors cycled a total of 450 miles between them over the 12 hours of cycling. All of this hard work helped raise a total of £165, this is a fabulous start to our fundraising and has helped us get off the ground and raise awareness of our event and the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre. The Wattbike a thon was held at East Leake LC and a big thank you goes to the staff and customers for letting us play loud music while taking up the whole of the reception area - thanks guys.
- December 2016
As I’m sure everyone is, I am looking forward to Christmas and a bit of a break to spend some time with the family and friends. But it has been a busy few weeks cracking on with preparations for The Windy Long One.
All of our participants have done or are in the process of creating a Just Giving page, and they are coming up with ways to support each other in training and make more people aware of the Windy Long One. A lot the athletes have been using local events to get the training miles underway, the most recent one was the Turkey Trot. From the Windy Long One participants we had myself, Julia, Kirsten, Cath and Dave who all took part.
A huge thank you once again to RaceHub, who hosted ‘the mince pie ride’ on Sunday 18th December as they are kindly making a donation to the Windy Long One from this event.
More information at: http://www.racehub.uk/
So we’ve set ourselves a few New Year’s Resolutions for 2017, the first and most important is to do more training! Moving into the new year it is critical that all of the athletes are on top of their training, we want to start as we mean to go on ensuring everyone is fit and healthy until the big event. Alongside that I am aiming to spend a lot of time planning fundraising events for the Windy Long One to help spread the word around the local communities and get as many people on board as possible.
Our first fundraising activity will be a Watt bike-a-thon on the 22nd January 2017, the participants of the Windy Long One will complete 8 hours of watt biking at East Leake Leisure Centre to raise awareness of the event and the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre. There will be music, a cake sale and possibly tears but please come along and show your support, any donations are greatly appreciated. Alternatively, you can visit our Just Giving Page @ justgiving.com/fundraising/Una-Lacey1
- November 2016 - The Launch
As most people know me and many of my friends do like a challenge, and I am always on the look out for the next big thing to challenge myself, (and others!!), hence the decision to create - The Windy Long One. 5k swim in Lake Windemere, 200m bike ride from Windermere to Nottingham and then the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon all for The John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre based at The Nottingham Trent University.
The John Van Geest Centre is a worthwhile casue working hard to find a way to prevent or cure cancer. They say; "Our aim is to save lives and speed recovery by improving the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer.".
here is a link to their centre, please take the time to find out about wha they do...
So they event itself, is a 4-day challenge between the 21st and 24th September 2017. The swim will take place in lake Windermere on the Thursday. Then the first bike leg on the Friday will go from Windermere to Hathersage a total of 120 miles. Along the route we have 2 feed stations and a lunch stop. Then the Saturday is the remaining 90 miles on the bike from Hathersage to Nottingham Embankment, again with 2x feed stations and a lunch stop. Then to finish off on the Sunday we will be completing the Ikano Robin Hood Marathon. Then we will all meet in the F4F Event Gazebo for a well-deserved celebratory glass of fizz!
This is huge challenge and to make it work we need about £2500 worth of sponsorship.
To date I would like to say a huge thank you to Warren Hallam from Enterprise Cars for being our first official sponsor and enabling us to do the challenge by providing much needed transport.
To Tom Walter and his suppliers from The Great British Website
https://www.thegreatbritishwebsite.co.uk who are making a valuable contribution towards kit.
And on that note I would also like to thank Steven Rooney from Kukris Sports who is currently working on making sure the kit looks fabulous! – just need a couple more sponsors on there and it will be ready.
Our dream would be for the event to raise a total of £10,000 for the John Van Geest Centre, a long the way we also want to raise the profile of the Cancer Research Centre and that in itself will make the event a success.
Now let’s meet the athletes who have signed up for The Windy Long One…
Full participants are myself, James Lacey, Kate Cobb, Cath James, Kirsten & Nigel Fasey, Claire Adam, Anne & Peter Sutton, Lorna Clark, Amy Knight, Ben Lindley, Sarah & Dave Vernau, Charlotte Maidan, Julia Taberham, Dave & Jen Man-Ohren, Glen Clark & Sam Perkins.
We also have a few participants who are just doing one leg of the event…
Pauline and Sally are swimming 5k in Windermere
Katy Tudbury is running the Ikona Marathon
Katy Melton will be running the half marathon. She will also be joining us in training rides and swims – and be a reserve should anyone need to pull out.
We also have our fabulous & very much appreciated support crew…
Gary Tudbury will be ensuring we all get to Windermere along with our bikes and kit, he will then be bike support throughout the two day bike legs.
Martin Findlay and his pal Nigel are our kayak/canoe support for the swim in Lake Windermere. And will be training us in how to swim straight!!
So now you know a bit more about The Windy Long One 2017. We will all be launching ourselves into some heavy training over the next 10 months and we will keep you posted as to how we are getting along.