Ozanne and Wright Raise £200 in Isle of Wight Cycle
17 hours, 100 miles, a lot of hills and over £200 raised…
On the Wednesday of half term, Michael Wright and I cycled over 100 miles from Bournemouth School, around the Isle of Wight and back again. We may have underestimated the 17-hour journey, but the three bags of Jelly Babies we had to eat gave us energy to complete it, even if the chippy was closed (what shop only opens for three hours of the day?!?!).
Getting up at 03.00 was probably the hardest part and cycling down the side of the Christchurch Bypass in utter darkness with a single Enduro Race torch was particularly eerie. The fog was extremely dense during the morning which made negotiating approaching cars quite fun, and we regretted not factoring the elevation and climb of the Island in. Why did no one tell us it was such a mountainous region?
It was not without mishaps: Michael only realising his tyres were pumped up to about 10 PSI after 4 hours of cycling, me mistaking a ditch for a cycle lane in the total darkness of the morning, and Michael completely missing the ferry when it was just about to leave, despite it being very large, red, white and having an unmistakably boat-like appearance.
I would like to thank everyone who has donated, which has far surpassed our expectation of £100. Over £200 has been raised so far and more people are adding to the total, for which we are truly grateful. The money will be passed on to Help For Heroes and The Royal Air Force Association which both help our servicemen and women who have served our country as well as supporting their families.
We set ourselves a challenge and being able to do it in the aid of a charitable cause has made it all the more enjoyable and a momentous achievement. Thank you once again for those who donated, we hope we earned it, our legs certainly felt we did afterwards!