Thank you for visiting my Cancer Research UK Cycle 300 page. This September, before the end of the month, I will complete 300 miles on my bike for Cancer Research UK.
As a GP I looked after many people with cancer and like some many others I have also seen the effect of cancer on close family members. Since I became a GP over 40 years ago survival rates have improved dramatically, due to advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment and Cancer Research UK has been an important partner with my colleagues working in research to beat cancer.
I love the Broads, and have enjoyed sailing for many years, which is why I have chosen to do the 300 miles in Norfolk and Suffolk following some of the circular routes in the Broads by Bike guide - www.thebroadsbybike.org.uk. Peter Howe. one of the architects of the Broads by Bike network says there is no better way to explore the Broads than on two wheels. But I will not be in lycra or on a racing bike, instead I will be doing this on my folding Brompton using the local bus network and my bus pass. I bought my Brompton two years ago and have used it to travel to work in Norwich, Ipswich, Peterborough and London. It fits easily in the luggage compartment at end of a carriage on the trains and offers freedom and fun when travelling to and from the station.
Altogether there are fourteen tours in the Broads by Bike network and ten are accessible by bus from central Norwich In addition to these I will be doing some training around Norwich and in South Norfolk, starting on 1st September.
My first Broads ride, which is about 16 miles, will be on Thursday 6th September and I plan to take the number 12 pink line bus to Wroxham, visiting Hoveton, Neatishead, Barton Turf and Horning.
This is my itinerary, which is subject of course to change, and will be updated during the month.
- Launch of the campaign with a gentle ride to Rushall Half Moon. 10 miles target (with a pint half way!). Achieved the target for day 1! 10.2miles. 10.6mph going out and 7.5mph return - after a delicious supper at the Half Moon.
Sunday 2nd - a lovely late summer day and perfect for getting a few more miles under my belt with just four days to go before the first Broads adventure. Today I managed 13.8 miles. Only 276 miles to go!
Monday 3rd - It’s the last few days of the school holidays so spent day with family. Lovely day for a paddle to Coldham Hall where Wherry Maud is moored this week. No cycling today - still 276 miles to go!
Tuesday 4th - or today. Getting ready for new school term.
Interview with Diss Express - thanks to them for their interest and support for CRUK.
Wednesday 5th - every little helps! Cycled to work today - one mile - and took the long route home +6. 31 miles so far. Looking forward to first Broads route tomorrow.
Thursday 6th - Broads by Bike route number 8 - and my first proper Broads ride. Hoveton, Neatishead, Barton Turf, Irstead Staithe and Horning. A lovely day despite talk of Autumn in the weather forecast this morning. 20 miles added.
Friday 7th - 12 bumpy miles around Whitlingham Great Broad bringing my total for week one to 51 miles
Saturday 8th - my first puncture, and first donations. 12 miles today.
Sunday 9th - A very windy day but made it to Bungay, Ditchingham and Earsham. 25 miles
Monday 10th - A third of the way through September and 82 miles!!
Tuesday 11th - Shelton Church to celebrate the life of Clive Ling - 10.5 miles
Wednesday 12th - 3 rivers loop. The Chet at Loddon, Waveney at Geldeston Locks and Yare at Reedham Ferry. 25 miles today bringing total to 117.
Thursday 13th - Working in Cambridge. Took Brompton on train and cycled along the river after work. 5 miles
Friday 14th - half way through Cycle 300 and over half miles done with a total today at 157! Did a south-west tour in Norwich today visiting some of our wonderful parks, including Eaton Park, Heigham Park and Chapelfield Gardens.
- A wonderful donation arrived by post today from someone I haven't seen for a while. Many, many thanks, Barbara.
- 6 family miles. Thanks to Nicky and Ralph for their support throughout the month and by cycling with me today. 173 miles and £145 raised - including £15 in cash. And another £10 promised when I pass 300!
- another Broads tour planned, starting in Wroxham. Windy forecast this week!
- Broads route 4 - Stokesby, Runham, Mautby and Thrigby.
- Broads route 5 - Stalham
Sunday 23rd - raining
Monday 24th - Upper Waveney, more paddling than sailing waters here.
Tuesday 25th - Clippesby, Potter Heigham, Ludham and St Benets Abbey
Wednesday 26th - Salhouse, South Walsham, Ranworth. 21 miles to do in the next four days!
Thursday 27th -
Friday 28th - Hickling
I will be pedalling harder than ever because I want to raise money for life-saving research and help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Donating through this page is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with Cancer Research UK.