Tour de Wales

Back in January I shared that I am going to be taking part in a cycling challenge later this year in memory of Kip Freshwater. I will be riding the length of Wales (Cardiff to Holyhead – approx 220 miles) with a group of others, including my excellent friend Ed, to celebrate the life and memory of his son Kip. Kip tragically died last year after a heroic battle with leukaemia, so in his name we hope to raise £10,000 for the international children’s health charity Love the One. You can read the #TeamKip blog here.

Since January the weather hasn’t been great for training – cold, wet and consistently very windy. But Spring has sprung and I’ve had my first bit of a stretch out, guided by another local cycling enthusiast on a short jaunt out onto the Wolds. Beautiful! I’ve got a few older guys who have offered to help train me up – my only concern is that they will completely out do me! Really looking forward to spending more time in the glorious natural beauty of East Yorkshire and building up my stamina ready for the big ride. Will have to remember to pause and snap a few photos to share…

I haven’t been out for a few days though. Not just on my bike, I haven’t been out of the house at all. Last week covid19 finally got to our house. First Joanne, then child2, then me… Child1 seems to have managed to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge the virus, and as of Sunday I’m the only one who is still positive (very grateful). Thankfully not feeling too bad, just fed up.

Yesterday evening I had some very welcome relief though – a zoom call with some of the other riders from #TeamKip. We caught up to chat training, ride routes, and to make the difficult but important decision to delay the ride – partly because covid is still really high (and several of us have got it), and partly because one rider sadly had her bikes stolen the other week (which will take a couple of months to replace because of supply chain delays).

So the new date for the challenge is Friday 19th-Monday 22nd August. Put it in your diaries folks and get ready to cheer super loud when we sprint (/crawl) the final mile into Holyhead!

I will post some route plans and training updates in the coming months. I’m looking forward to training up to cycle for distance rather than just as a replacement for local car miles – building up my stamina is definitely going to be the key challenge. But we aren’t just doing this ride for the challenge and fun – we hope to raise some serious moola for a good cause too!

Kip was a beautiful, joyful boy who loved to look after other kids.  That’s why we know he’d support Love The One.

Love The One has a vision for supporting every aspect of a vulnerable child’s life, from education, medicine, nutrition and supporting families. They work in some of the most vulnerable and poorly resourced villages and towns in India, making an enormous difference to the lives of children and their parents.

Thank you for supporting us, for cheering us on, for keeping Kip’s name alive.

Please do consider making a donation through the #TeamKip Go Fund Me page. Thank you.

Published by oikoslife

I am married, father of 2 young children (2014 and 2017), pioneering priest in the Church of England, surfer, climate activist and much more. Born in Yorkshire, and currently living on the Yorkshire Coast. Doing my best to live in good connection with God, self, neighbour and creation - working it out as I go.

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