At the start of 2014, I found that I was struggling to throw a rugby ball around with the kids, I realised, perhaps, somewhat reluctantly, that I was both overweight and unfit when considering the lifestyle I lead, hence something needed to change. So I dusted off the bike in the garage and within first few miles of puffing and panting came to the thought that I needed a challenge. So when I discovered “The Raid Alpine” challenge for Bowel Cancer UK, I leapt at the opportunity.
During the summer of 2014 I undertook the challenge of a lifetime by participating in “The Raid Alpine,” a cycling route for road bikers. The challenge began in Geneva, ending in Nice 10 days later; all in aid of my chosen charity, Bowel Cancer UK. Along with a team of 9 other colleagues from the medical professionals across Northern Ireland I decided to take on the mammoth trip, which covered 712km, including 31 mountain passes and 17,485m of climbing.
Many people supported my efforts with their donations so let me thank them on behalf of myself and Bowel Cancer UK.