I am participating in the PDSA
Challenge of a Lifetime Challenge. The event that I am undertaking is the Sri Lanka
Cycle Challenge which takes place between the 5th and 14th October 2002.
This involves cycling across Sri Lanka on a mountain bike in temperatures in the region of 75°F!
This event will be challenging physically; especially as I haven't cycled to this extent since I finished road cycling
10 years ago, and I don't even have a bike! I am currently training at my local gymnasium, within the Scarisbrick
Hotel. They have put together a training program and are rallying up support for me!
To qualify for the event I have to raise a minimum amount of £2,250, which has to be collected and sent to the PDSA
by 13th July 2002. This just adds to the pressure, but I admit this is all part of the challenge! To raise awareness
I have created a web site at www.mikeschallenge.co.uk. This follows on from last years successful skydive charity jump
which raised over £1,200 for Cancer Research. Photographs and movie footage from last year's event are available on
the web site. The web site also details the progress of this year's charity event, and it is updated often. It also
details other services and fund raising events that I have, or will
be, arranging to help me reach the target.
I have tried to design the site it so it makes the public feel part of the challenge, as they read about my struggle to
get prepared for the challenge.
There are various reasons for taking part in this challenge. Firstly, and most importantly to raise money for
Charitable organizations PDSA, and secondly to set myself a personal goal and commitment. I have been for far too
long, saying I wish I could do that, or it is always someone else. Therefore I've set myself this challenge and I am determined to complete it. I will be looking forward to meeting new people from
all branches of life, who have participated for their own personal reasons, and also to
work as a member of a team. I hope it will give me confidence and new skills that I can use in my normal day
to day life upon my return from Sri Lanka.
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