I have guest post from my friend Sarah today. We are doing the 50K Nottingham #teamhonkrelay cycle together for Sport Relief. Sarah and I met at a post natal group after Miss L and Legoboy were born. Whereas I love the bigger picture, ‘Let’s cycle 50 k for Sport Relief’, fortunately Sarah specialises in planning in detail.
This relay couldn’t happen without people like Sarah, happy to take the big picture and turn it into reality. Over the last few weekends she has been planning our route and posting scary pictures on facebook like this one:
Over to Sarah…
Today was the start of my training for the Team Honk relay, so I headed off with friend Hamish for a cycle up the Grantham Canal. I have lived in Nottingham for 13 years now and never realised how far you can go on the canal – all the way to Grantham!
I have done a very small section out to Bassingfield in the past when my son was still small enough to be on the back seat carrier. I was looking forward to a bit if exploring. Today was a good day for a ride, sunny with light winds. We headed off up towards Cotgrave on the first leg.
The canal paths are all surfaced but there were some large puddles from the recent heavy rain and we were soon sprayed from head to toe in mud. I wonder how we would get through one section if it was iced over. Let’s hope here is no cold snap till after 25th Feb!
The canal path through Cotgrave Country park is well used by walkers, joggers and dog walkers but everyone was friendly and we exchanged lots of cheery ‘hellos’. Under the A46 and then the canal is disused and the path became single track. It’s sad to see the overgrown waterway. I started to appreciate the efforts of the Grantham canal restoration projects to bring back the canals to navigable status.
We cycled as far as Kinoulton, after a detour to investigate a bridle way off the route for future rides. Kinoulton was the turning point for the ride back via Cotgrave. Over confident I took us the wrong way towards the A46 – and made us climb a hill unnecessarily!
Bad luck 5 minutes later with a flat tyre, but that is why us cyclists always carry spare inner tubes. Hamish the Knight in Shining Armour (why is he still single?) fixed the tyre while I scoffed my remaining snack bar. You need to keep your energy up but every stop means getting cold very quickly.
The final grind home seemed never ending but we both enjoyed triggering the speed camera on the way into Cotgrave – Hamish at 35mph. There was a headwind as I struggled back into West Bridgford with muddy feet like ice blocks.
A hot shower, a big mug of tea and a fry up and all was well. I am now researching a good pub stop on route for the 25th Feb. I think hot soup may be required!
Thank you Sarah for a fab account of a small section of our route, gulp!
We will be joined on the day by Donna, another amazing person making this relay actually happen by recruiting more and more people to our team and getting the press involved. Here we are with Jenny and Hannah who I met up with in Bingham yesterday for a photograph for the Bingham Advertiser. The twist is we are cycling all this way dressed as Robin Hood and his Merry Men thanks to joke.co.uk fancy dress outfitters. Don’t we look hot?
I can’t wait to rob from the rich to pay the poor, but I am in denial about the 50k. I cycled 10 mins to the cafe yesterday and I have a sore bum this morning. I might be an okay runner but I need to do some serious cycle training.
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