Cyclist drops more than seven stone and takes on 1,000-mile charity ride
This summer 44-year-old Mick Day will join a group of intrepid cyclists to take on the ultimate British cycling challenge, pedalling from Land’s End to John o’Groats in just 10 days to raise vital funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research.
The 1,000 mile ride would prove a tough test for almost anyone but for Mick it will be the culmination of a journey that has seen the IT specialist from Market Deeping return to peak physical fitness after losing more than seven stone in weight.
Mick says: “Over time I’d packed on the weight and at the beginning of last year I was horrified to find myself weighing more than 20 stone so I decided to diet and get fitter. Initially, cycling on an indoor bike was just part of my exercise regime but I really started to enjoy it and before long I decided to buy myself a new road bike.
“I wanted to give myself a real challenge and also continue to build on my fitness so the Action End2End ride seemed ideal, and I could give something back by raising money for a great charity which is a real motivator.
“This is by far the biggest challenge I’ve ever taken on. I doubt I’ll do anything as big as this ever again. I’m taking my training very seriously. I have no intention of not finishing the ride – failure is not an option!”
Cyclists riding the Action End2End challenge from 16 to 26 August will spend between eight and nine hours in the saddle every day, travelling around 100 miles a day for 10 days solid. The route passes through some of the UK’s most beautiful and remote countryside.
Mick is currently riding between 100 and 150 miles a week, pedalling for an hour and a half most week days on an indoor turbo trainer, with longer rides at weekends.
As well as the weight-loss, Mick has also seen a dramatic improvement in his health – having previously suffered from asthma he hasn’t needed to use his inhaler for more than six months. “I used to use it daily and on a recent visit to the doctors they quizzed me because I hadn’t had a new one in so long!” he says.
Cyclists participating in the Action End2End ride will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around Down syndrome, epilepsy, sickle cell disease, and diabetes, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
There are still some places available on the Action End2End ride. For more information and to register visit www.action.org.uk/E2E2013
You can sponsor Mick at www.action.org.uk/sponsor/mickd
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General Action End2End image at Land’s End (2012)
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Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have funded research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:
• tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
• helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
• targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.
But there is still so much more to do. Please help us fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.
Action Medical Research has more than 30 years experience in organising successful bike rides. Routes are monitored and clearly signposted. Snack and lunch stops are provided and medical and mechanical staff are on hand at all times.