Dawn Chorus

I’ve never cycled 100 miles by 9.00am before. I’m not sure I’ll do it again. Yesterday’s “Dawn Raid” in aid of Help the Heroes was nevertheless a great experience.

250 cyclists set off from Help for Heroes main base in Tidworth to cycle to London. We left in waves from 2.00am onwards. The first bird sang at 3.50 by which time we were 30 miles in. We had gone through Andover as the clubs turned their partying customers out on the streets, along empty roads, following signs tied to lamposts which marked our route.

There was a great spirit and the while thing was organised very well. Two major refreshment stops at 36 and 64 miles.

The hills around Box Hill were tough as they came at about 70-80 miles as we began to tire. After that we sailed into London to be met by bacon rolls and coffee at Blackheath.

Average speed 16.1 mph which was reasonable. 6hrs 10 mins of cycling.

The Queen has sent a letter of thanks and congratulation to H4H fir raising £290m for their work. When you visit Tedworth House you can see what great work is being done.

When we arrived we were all invited to take part next year. Maybe I could find a group of people who wanted to do it together?

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