Sadly the cold I picked up on my trip to northern climes last week hasn’t gone away. Well, it has moved. Onto my chest! That means I won’t be able to run the half marathon at The Music Marathon on Saturday. But don’t go away – you’re not off the hook!
I WILL BE WALKING THE FULL 21.5 KM!
And Jules will be running the full route.
As a thanks to so many people who agreed to sponsor me, to support Tri WWW and in the hope that a few more of you will put your hands in your pockets to spare some cash to help them buy a hand bike, I’m absolutely going the whole distance.
Let’s pause for a moment.
I’d like you to try to imagine your life without the use of your legs. It’s not easy, is it? I even spent a day in a wheelchair once to experience it, but however hard you try, you can’t get away from the fact that at some point you’re going to get out of the chair and walk back to the car.
It just isn’t real.
But for too many people it is. Their reality is that they will never get out of the chair and walk anywhere.
When I started training for triathlon, I was able to do so on a ten year old mountain bike which was worth about €100. And you could do that too. You could invest €100 in a second hand bike and head out onto the open road, to experience the sights, sounds and smells of our island, whilst getting fitter, stronger and building a sun tan.
Sadly that doesn’t apply to our friends who can’t use their legs. Hand bikes are hugely expensive – they cost €5000 – which puts them out of the reach of all but the most prosperous families.
And that’s why it’s so important that we help Tri WWW to raise the money to buy one so they can lend it out for training and events. You’ve seen the bikes on the roads here, I’m sure, carrying brightly coloured flags so motorists can see them.
There are so many things you can’t do when you cannot use your legs, but by making a small donation now, you can help a lot of people to do something they can do, and every time you pass a hand bike on the road, you can reward yourself with a smile.
Let’s hit our target of €500 raised in return for me doing the 21.5KM – I’ll finish it if I have to crawl over the line, and I’d love to see you there on the day. We’re close to the target already, so a few Euros from you will make a difference. Here’s where to go: Team Project Hand Bike