LEJOG – Day 5 – England down, just (wee) Scotland to go
The pair set off early with Tom, Andrew, Karen and Martin who joined them all the way to Lancaster, forming a ‘Preston Peloton’ (if you will) out of Broughton. Karen and Martin are kindly supporting the boys all the way to John O’Groats, not on the bikes they’d like to add!
The morning’s ride was tough going, Mark having picked up an Achilles injury over the final forty miles yesterday. After 35 miles in the boys had reached Kendal where they grabbed some sandwiches (I received no details as to contents or satisfaction, apologies), Mark unsure whether to check in at a doctors there or just keep going to Carlisle. They decided to push on, Mark cycling with just his left leg- jokes were made about him going round in circles (obviously that was my mum).
Mark and James were sent a video from Zoe at Stepping Stones thanking the pair and she even showed off her own cycling skills. This was received at a real crux point in their day, the pair worrying that everything they’d done so far might be about to be dashed with Mark’s injury, and it gave them that little nudge to keep on going. So thank you Zoe!
The boys kept peddling, they finally got up to the top of Shap Fell, 1,400 ft, and were rewarded with a lot of fun freewheeling down the hill, a good opportunity to let their legs recover. At the bottom they were met by Karen and Martin, words of encouragement aplenty and the knowledge that they were only 2 hours and 45 minutes away from Carlisle, the spa and a good lie down! A couple of stops to conserve energy, they pressed on, determined to get an early night and have an evening just resting as the last few evenings they have cycled well into 7 and 8pm.
When they reached Carlisle just after 5, Ollie had kindly organised a bike service for the two with a contact, Simon, in the city at Scotby Cycles. They kindly stayed open late on a Friday (!) just to help the boys out- the pair had not got a clue that it was Friday when I pointed this out, their concept of time is now purely based on miles in a day!
Once the bikes were sorted, it was time for some TLC of their own and off they went to the spa. A photo of the pair in robes hasn’t surfaced yet, I’m sure we’ll find one soon enough though!
The donations today have brought the boys near to £7,200 at the time of writing! Phenomenal, so thank you all!
A shorter day but potentially the toughest emotionally yet, they are currently enjoying a much deserved and well earned feet up evening. With energy dwindling and the miles racking up, the next four days will be hard going but the support has been unbelievable, so thank you. Now well over half way through their challenge, with England pretty much out of the way, they just have the whole of Scotland to tackle over the next four days instead!
Miles – 93.2
Elevation – 4,451 ft
Fells climbed – 1
Total miles in 5 days – 525.8
Average miles per day – 105
Wasp stings- one