End to End - Lands End to John O'Groats Cycle Ride
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In April 2016 Roger George underwent elective open-heart surgery. To aid his recovery from such a major operation he was recommended by his doctor to start a Cardiac Rehabilitation course. He started with the Phase III with Frimley Park Hospital, but upon completing the 8-week course he moved on to The Phase IV run by RHL.
Local Charity, RHL, is the only provider of the phase IV rehab classes in the local area and currently provides 6 classes. Roger now attends two classes a week on Mondays and Wednesdays and he feels this is crucial to maintaining and recovering his health after such life changing health issue.
“I enjoy the exercises and believe I am fitter now than at any time since I was in my 50s. As well as becoming fitter I am also more flexible and generally able to comfortably enjoy a more active life. I meet other people, at these classes, that have also undergone cardiac surgery or other procedures and exchange stories and experiences.”
At 73 years old, Roger is now in a far better place regarding his health. Without the rehabilitation course which we run at RHL he says it would be easy to slip back into a sedentary lifestyle putting his health at risk.
His son Simon, along with two friends, Scott and Patrick, have decided to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for RHL. Each stage of the cycle ride, is on average 100 miles and will total a little over 1,000 miles (Tour de France is 2,200 miles) and during the ride they will climb over 60,720 feet in total! (Mount Everest is 29,029 feet)!
They will set off on 21st September stopping at; Redruth, Yate, Brenwood, Huddersfield, Kirkby Stephen, Moffett, Callander, Invergary, Lairg, and finally reaching John O’Groats in the evening on 1st October. We will be posting photos on Facebook each day to document their progress.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated as it helps us subsidise the classes and keep costs down ensuring that our classes are not only available to those that are most vulnerable and at risk but also making the largest improvement to the quality of people’s lives.
The key aspects of our classes are; they are set in community venues, making them easily accessible and far away from the pressure that can be found in gyms and mainstream sport centres. We encourage all our classes to have a social element where teas and coffees are shared at the end of the sessions. By creating an environment where participants, who have been through similar experiences, can share their symptoms and support one another as they improve their health the impact is far greater. Our classes are not only about taking care of the participants physical health but also their mental health. As they develop friendships and support networks they can begin to take a more active role in their local community which has a great benefit to all.
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AND OFF THEY GO !!!
The guys flight arrived on time this morning at 06:25. Bikes unpacked and assembled with no probs.
Left for Lands End 10 and arrived at 14:30. Took a photo and they departed for Redruth and arrived at hotel for the night a 18:00.
No probs on ride weather sunny but got a bit chilly later, no rain the guys are in a good mod and apart for about a 45 min sleep on the drive down they don't seem to be suffering from jet lag.
From us all .......
A massive good luck to Simon, Patrick & Scott who start their fantastic Land’s End to John O’Groats Cycle Ride today – in aid of RHL! Cycling 1000 miles in 10 days – that’s definitely Healthy Living! You can read their daily updates on this page on the RHL website or on Facebook.
Thank you also to Roger, Simon’s Dad who attends our Cardiac Rehab classes for driving the support vehicle, let’s hope they don’t need it too much! You can make a donation by using the link bove – please help us raise as much money as possible!
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