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Betfair LifeCycle Challenge - Down Under
I think I'll probably blame my wife… When Hannah announced she was going to run a half marathon (which she duly completed) it put me under pressure to find my own challenge for 2010. Or maybe it’s a mid-life crisis – if so, I only hope it’s arrived early. Bravado amongst my colleagues at Betfair was certainly a factor – too many “I’ll do it if you do it” conversations and before we’d sobered up we’re all wearing lycra. But I also felt it was time to do something good – I have so far been very lucky in this life and now is the time to give something back.
For a little of all of these reasons I am going to ride a bicycle from Venice to Manchester. Over 12 days. Through 7 countries. Covering a mammoth 2,100km in total. On 16th August 2010 (Day 1) I’ll cycle 200kms. If I make it to Day 3 it’s only 150km… although that includes St Gothard’s Pass in Switzerland – a 35km climb, to 2,100 metres… over cobbles!
Luckily I am not alone. Over 60 of us have joined the Betfair LifeCycle Challenge; LifeCycle is a Maltese charity now in its 12th year and raises money for kidney patients at Malta’s Mater Dei Hospital Renal Unit. Treatment of kidney failure and renal disease is extremely expensive but the care given is life changing. Betfair is the title sponsor for a second year and over 15 staff from both Malta and the UK offices have joined the cause. While this is more challenging than anything else I have ever even considered tackling in the past there is of course a huge need for your help in the form of sponsorship.
Did I mention... the temperatures could range between 10 and 35C? (EDIT: on a training ride last week temp hit 39!!) Our training schedule includes riding 5 days a week for 4 months? (EDIT: Now 6 days out of 7!) That my kids already think I live somewhere else – sometimes popping in around bath time but never there come the morning? That bums aren't designed to sit on bikes for up to 10 hours a day?! The bicycle is actually a mountain bike – not Lance Armstrong’s? And each evening we’ll hand wash our cycling gear before ‘bunking’ down in a school hall/gym? And obviously it’s uphill all the way from Venice to Manchester – have you looked at a globe recently?
In which case I hope you won’t mind me pointing out that donating through this page is simple, quick and secure. It is the most efficient way to give and if you are a UK taxpayer and tick the Gift Aid box the charity will receive an extra 28% at no cost to you. (You can donate directly to me below or to the Betfair Group.)
Thank you for your support. It is hugely appreciated. I once raised nearly £600 for growing a patchy moustache – and while I certainly couldn’t blame my wife for that particular challenge I hope to raise significantly more this time around!
PS. WIN A TRIP TO WATCH MANCHESTER UNITED AT OLD TRAFFORD NEXT SEASON! Every €50 donation will be entered into a draw to win a trip to watch Man U next season. The more you donate the more chances you have! (i.e. €100 gets you 2 entries.) Betfair are the official betting partner of Manchester United hence this prize and the finishing line for the LifeCycle Challenge being Old Trafford just before the start of the 2010/11 season.
About Lifecycle Malta
The LifeCycle Organisation was founded in Malta in 1999 to create awareness and generate support for patients suffering from end stage renal disease. To do this it organizes the LifeCycle Challenge, which is one of the most gruelling endurance events in Europe, pitting a dedicated team of Maltese cyclists against the elements in a long distance ride through different countries all over the world. This event covers an average of 2,000km in a mere 10 to 12 days and is held annually in the summer months.By putting such an extreme event together, LifeCycle intends to attract the Maltese public’s attention to the plight of patients of the Renal Unit in Malta, and to encourage generous donations from the public.
These donations go towards the cost of treatment, equipment, research and improving the quality of life of patients on dialysis. "Having achieved our financial target for the year 2011 by raising more than €113,000 and our other goal of increasing Malta's Organ Donor Register by 1,000 names, we hope that we will exceed both these achievements in 2012.
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