Back in the Saddle – Update 7

I have finally made it! Just 47 days behind when I thought I’d get there, but yes, I am now finally at Durdle Door! This may be one of the slowest journey’s from Lands End to John O’Groats, but it’s not about the speed. It’s about persevering and eventually achieving the goal, despite all the obstacles that life tries to throw in the way.

Next stop is Bournemouth. Thankfully that’s only just over 36km away. I wonder how long that will take me?

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Back in the Saddle – Update 6

I thought it was about time I did a bit of an update about my exercise bike challenge to cycle the equivalent distance from Lands End to John O’Groats. Unfortunately, I’m rather behind due to my continuing fatigue flare. However, I am still going. I’m not getting very far on any one day, but I am still chipping away at it. So, like the famous tortoise, I will get there eventually. I might not quite manage it within the year, but that’s absolutely fine.

Another 40km before I get to the next postcard point at Durdle Door, where I should have been on about 10th April. I’ll let you know when I get there…

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Back in the Saddle – Update 5

Hopefully, slow and steady will still get me to my goal eventually. My daily distances have been severely curtailed for the last couple of weeks, so still a fair way to go until the next postcard at Durdle Door. However, every slow turn of the pedals gets me a little further along the route. I shall keep persevering…

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Back in the Saddle – Update 4

Yesterday I reached my next checkpoint on my Lands End to John o’Groats exercise bike challenge. I’ve got to Plymouth! That’s 150km done now in the first 33 days. The next check point isn’t until Durdle Door and that is another 200km away. I reckon that’s about 43-44 days away, so should get there at some point in April!

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BuDS and a Year of Success

Consistently providing accurate and reliable information 

Here at BuDS we thought it was about time we paid homage to our wonderful trustees, volunteers and staff members who have dedicated their time to keep our projects running and our community supported through such uncertain times. Over the past year many organisations and charities have struggled to adapt to the developing situation. Of course, there are many success stories, and we think we are one, so please indulge us while we blow our own trumpet! 

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Back in the Saddle – Update 3

I started my Land’s End to John o’Groats cycling challenge 3 weeks ago today. My strategy of doing a tiny bit on my exercise bike each day is paying off and this evening I have achieved 2 great goals. I reached my next checkpoint at the Eden Project AND I completed my first 100km! Next stop is 50km away in Plymouth. I reckon I should get there in about a week and a half.

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Back in the Saddle – Land’s End to John o’Groats

Back in 2013, apart from having a few allergies and intolerances I was a healthy, energetic, and fit individual who was always on the go and nothing stopped me.  I would think nothing of going for a 110-length swim, then a 6 mile walk and then going for a 20-mile bike ride with the family later in the day.  Our summer holiday that year involved the whole family cycling 222km along the C2C, Whitehaven to Tynemouth route.  It was a fantastic holiday of fresh air, sunshine, adventure and great companionship.  It wasn’t without its challenges though, especially as my 12-year-old daughter came off her bike really badly on the second to last day.  The pair of us ended up in A&E having her concussion treated.  However, after patching her up, cobbling together replacement clothing, purchasing a new cycle helmet and getting the ‘all clear’ from the doctors, we re-joined my husband and son and completed the final leg of the route the next day. 

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