Abby Lacey

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Another shameless plug

NOTE: This has nothing to do with #gettingmyshittogether but instead is a shameless plug and plea for sponsorship!

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Before last year's London to Reading bike ride

Before last year’s London to Reading bike ride

A couple of years ago I took part in a charity cycle ride as part of my #40b440 challenge and got the bug! Last year me and my group of merry maidens formed #TeamBadInfluences and between us raised over £3000 for British Heart Foundation cycling the 54 miles from London to Brighton.

This year, as a warm up to Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride, team mate Katie (along with her husband, Andy and his cousin on a tandem) and me will be taking part in the London to Reading bike ride again.

The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day hundreds of people lose their lives. It’s only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. £25 could pay for an hour of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps so please give what you can to help me hit my target:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teambadinfluences-abby

Thanks xx

London to Reading bike ride route

The route

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London to Reading Bike Ride

Those of you who follow my on social media know how much I go on about cycling and my two rides planned for this year: the London to Reading and London to Brighton, both in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Well last Saturday at 07:00, #TeamBadInfluences’ Katie and I were chauffeured by my wonderful husband, Sam, to Kempton Park Racecourse for our 40-mile ride to Reading.

before

Fresh-faced, before!

I think it’s fair to say that it wasn’t quite what we’d expected – there were far more normal people there and less ‘elite’ athletes, so we didn’t feel too far from home! We left Kempton just after 08:00 and followed our route through Sunbury, Shepperton, Chertsey and into Virginia Water.

l2r

We realised at this point, we really weren’t far from home and that this was pretty easy… low and behold, once we got into our own territory of Waltham St Lawrence, Shurlock Row and Hare Hatch, psychologically, it became a little more difficult. We entered Henley with the knowledge that the worst was yet to come… Harpsden Hill. I faltered at the beginning and asked Katie if she wanted, like so many others ahead to walk; thankfully she said no and we persevered together to the top.

Now we were on the road to home, with only 6 more miles to go. We hit a whopping 32.7mph down Playhatch hill (naughty I know!), and glided into Caversham where we finally, 2 hours and 53 minutes later, found our finish line.

after

Definitely awake, after!

Pretty pleased with our little ‘warm-up’, now more hill training in preparation from London to Brighton in June!


 

tbiYou can still sponsor, Katie, me and all of #TeamBadInfluences for this and the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation at: justgiving.com/teams/badinfluences