Years ago I used to go for long cycle rides, and do the occasional marathon or mountain marathon. I’d think up the routes I wanted to cycle, and generally just do them, without any support, or specific training. Working in an investment bank, I’d sometimes use them as ways of raising money for good causes, making a nuisance of myself, taking a sponsorship sheet round the trading floor. Actually, I’d have more than one sheet, keeping back one to start with the people I knew to be more generous, so that when I put it in front of others who I felt ought to be generous, they would feel obliged to match their colleagues.
That’s all in the past, and I’ve not done any long rides for more than ten years, when, not very well prepared, I dragged my daughter across Ireland. We still made it to Mt Brandon, though.
and suggested I should do so too. So I am, and in her way, I’ll be taking the training much more seriously; at my age now, it probably pays too. The fundraising will be more 21st century too, with a JustGiving.com page for donations, which will be anonymous, and tax deductible. Here’s the link
Without a trading floor to pester, I’ll be looking to everyone to help me make my funding target. I had thought of reusing one of my favourite fund raising ideas from back then – a sweepstake on how long it will take me – but that would make donations non tax-deductible, or just too complicated. But I’m interested to know how long people think it will take me, at my advanced age of 59. As of now – March 30th – I think around seven hours. So here’s a rather simpler form than my first attempt