One last update for 2017 before we actually have to start doing some cycling (as you might guess from the attached picture – whilst embracing some joint sporting endeavours of late, they haven’t involved any wheels…)!
Firstly, a huge, huge thank you to everyone who came to the Carol Service. We felt it was a really special evening. For those who didn’t make it – the church (St Mary’s in Battersea) was picture perfect (and, as we found out, a spot from which Turner painted the Thames and William Blake was married!). We think there were over 150 people from all different crowds – lots of nurses from the Royal Marsden, friends, family and people who attend the Church and had heard about it. The minister – Sue – has probably missed a career as a TV presenter / actress / general superwoman, and after all our concerns about music we had four incredible professional singers who blew everyone away, and a very talented organist. Our closest friends did readings, Fi surprised us all with an impromptu speech and our professional singers brought the house down with a jazzy rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas to end the service. Having told the pub to expect c.30 people, we ended up with well over one hundred (they ran out of wine glasses) taking over the whole pub and struggling to make us leave at last orders! We are overwhelmed with all your support and dedication – thank you so much.
So, what next? We are hoping to pull at least one or two other LEJOG fundraising events out of the hat before May, but really, it’s time to knuckle down to some training. Having both been traumatised this past weekend by some sub-zero cycling attempts (think Bambi on wheels), we have kitted ourselves out with some Winter kit (aka ski gloves, thanks Mum…) and have pleaded for assistance from appointed an amateur coach (thank you, Matt!). Matt is experienced and knowledgeable enough to make sure we have all the right tools for success, but far away enough not to come knocking on our doors if we don’t make it out on a rainy / hungover Saturday (Dubai) and, if you’re lucky, we’ll share some of Matt’s tips with you along the way. To make sure we brave those cold January days, we have signed up to our first sportive together on Sunday 28th January, which will be our first big training challenge (the Evans London Road Ride It event, for any eager participants!).
In the meantime, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – and if you’d like to come on some long rides with us in 2018, please make yourselves known!
Abs & Sal xxx