This small registered charity was started back in 2001 by two friends I work with, Nicky Cuthbert & Tim Broughton. The Trust work with street children and orphans in East Africa, providing homes, rehabilitation, street outreach, training and work programs.
I've been fundraising for the Trust since 2007 when they first got some places for the Great Manchester 10km Run. At the time I'd not run since shortly after leaving school and whilst I went weight training fairly regularly my aerobic fitness was rubbish!. My first runs were awful and I wondered what I'd taken on but with a good training plan I eventually worked up to running the 10km in just under 55minutes. Since then I've run it a few more times before progressing to a full blown marathon and then an Olympic distance Triathlon. What the Trust taught me is that you can put your mind to anything if you give it a go. It must have been very tough and over awing for Nicky and Tim in the early days to know where to start but the work they do and the lives they've changed has been an inspiration to keep myself fit and keep doing sponsored challenges in support.
The fundraising is hard. From raising over £2,000 in 2007 I only managed to raise £120 in 2012 but it was enough to pay tuition fees for a child which kept him in School for another year. Without that money he'd have had to leave the school. Every penny I can raise really will make that significant a difference to a kids life!
You have to be inventive with the fundraising. As well as being a bit cheeky (if you don't ask you don't get)! This year we're running raffles, a cake bake as well as sticking my chin out and asking for regular donations. Folk have been surprisingly and often overwhelmingly supportive! If I can raise enough to keep another few kids in school the aching legs at the end of the 100mile bike ride will have been a small price to pay... and in honesty I'm really looking forward to the event, if more than a bit nervous!
|Ride London Cycle Shirt!|
Thanks to everyone who has supported so far ~ here's the link for those interested ~ https://www.justgiving.com/Daves-IsaiahTrust-RideLondon100
Here's this month's training summary...
01/07/13 ~ 8 mile bike sprint around Winterley & Sandbach in 25mins 49secs
06/07/13 ~ 84mile bike ride from Abersoch to Barmouth along the Cardigan Bay
coastline in 5hours 25mins averaging 15.4mph
|Bike ride past Criccieth Castle|
in 39mins 4secs averaging 17.6mph
14/07/13 ~ 18.4mile Bike sprint around Hassall,
Winterley and Crewe in 1hour 3mins
16/07/13 ~ 5mile check out ride after bike service
in 17mins 3secs averaging 17.2mph
17/07/13 ~ 32mile Climb of Mow Cop and loop around
Winterley & Crewe in 2hours 14mins
18/07/13 ~ 8mile bike ride to Boundary Water park
in 27mins 53secs averaging 17.1mph
~ 800m open water swim at Boundary in 20mins 40secs
~ 10.5mile bike ride back from Boundary in 36mins 24secs averaging
21/07/13 ~ 27mile bike ride around Abersoch taking in the Pwlhelli Tri bike
circuit in 1hour 39mins averaging 16.2mph
28/07/13 ~ 31.2mile bike ride from Pwllheli to Porthmadog in
1hour 52mins averaging 16.7mph
29/07/13 ~ 13.5mile bike around the Pwllheli Tri course in 52mins 5secs