Henry, one of our Growth Associates, decided to take on the challenge of cycling 1000 miles this summer. He and four friends cycled the length of the UK, from Lands End to John O’Groats, between August 18th– 25th 2018. Their goal: raise £10,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust charity. UpSlide was very proud to sponsor their initiative!
5 friends, 1 goal
Henry joined a team of five with three cyclists and two support members who assisted in any way possible – including driving the campervan, providing focus and motivation, cooking meals and documenting the trip. The five friends were driven by their initial goal: raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity that has benefitted their friend Dave who is living with Cystic Fibrosis and many others.
“The importance of setting goals before, during and after was vital”, explains Henry.
“Whether it was the initial goal of cycling the length of the UK and raising £10k for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a training goal to cycle 200 miles in a weekend or breaking down the seven days of cycling into goals day by day.”
Key facts about the bike ride
“It was a monumental physical and mental challenge, averaging over 225kms each day with the full spectrum of British weather on show,” says Henry.
The team crossed the finish line after seven days of cycling in soaking wet clothes, eight months of training, 12/15-hour days of cycling in all weather conditions and more than 1000 miles in 7 days.
“Whatever the goal was, it provided focus to our efforts and an immense sense of pride and satisfaction when we completed the goal and raised over £11k for the CF Trust,” remembers Henry.
Watch the finish line vlog:
A major sports and human challenge
Besides the incredible sports challenge Henry and his friends faced, they also undertook a great human challenge.
“It was amazing to see the team develop and everyone work towards the common goal of cycling the length of the UK. The challenge and the highs and lows that came with it have provided a lifetime of memories with an amazing group of friends,” says Henry.
The initial goal of raising £10k for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust was also far exceeded: they raised 113% of their target and the donations keep rising. The moral of this story is that where there is a will, there is a way.
“Completing the challenge taught me a lot about myself, how my friends and I operated as a team and confirmed a number of beliefs I have: be ambitious. Set ambitious goals. You are always capable of giving more. There’s a positive to be taken from every situation,” concludes Henry.
What is Cystic Fibrosis Trust?
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is fighting for a brighter future for people with Cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-limiting genetic condition affecting more than 10,000 people across the UK, by funding cutting-edge research, driving up standards of care and supporting people with the condition and their loved ones every step of the way.