Prudential RideLondon - London-Surrey 46
I’m nervous and excited in equal measure about my third #Adventures4Health challenge, taking on Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 on Sunday August 4th. I strongly suspect this is going to be the hardest challenge yet. Two years ago I couldn't have dreamed of competing in a 46 mile cycle event.
Though I’m fitter now than I’ve been for years I still think of myself as an overweight middle-aged bloke, and these physical challenges are daunting. I hope by taking part I’ll show other people who are worried about their weight, or just want to get healthier and more active, how accessible outdoor activities can be. If I can do it, anyone can.
Working with the Outdoor Industries Association, this is part 3 of my ‘Adventures 4 Health’, a campaign to encourage the young, overweight or overworked to get outside and find an activity they enjoy.
In May, 25 friends and I conquered Snowdon in Challenge I. It saw a truly inspiring performance from Cllr Jim Deen, at the age of 72, and was a wonderful achievement for many of us who triumphed over health and fitness challenges.
In July, I led a group canoeing nine miles of the Black Country canal ways from Tipton to Brindleyplace in Birmingham. As well as promoting this great activity, we also highlighted the British Canoeing campaign for fair, shared, open access for canoeists on the waterways of England - The Clear Access, Clear Water Campaign is for cleaner, healthier rivers and greater recognition of the right to access these amazing 'blue' spaces.
Challenge 3: 46 gruelling miles of road cycling through London and Surrey.
We’ll be raising money for some great causes along the way: JK Rowling's Lumos charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, The Albion Foundation and SpecialEffect.
I’ll also be working with organisations and policy makers who promote this kind of outdoor activity and at the end of it all I’ll be putting together an outdoor activity strategy for the Labour Party which we’ll implement in Government.
I would be delighted if you would contribute to that policy making process but I’d also be delighted if you’d take part in the ‘adventures 4 health’ with me.