Tish John

Q1. Which event are you training for?
WB triathlon, Tenby sportive (70miles bike) and Big Kev’s Bike Ride

Q2. How are the preparations and training going?
Not very well in that I have so many other things to do, not very good at ‘training ‘ as such, but I try and do a bike ride each week, a swim and maybe parkrun if I’m home

Q3. What is motivating you to;

A) train
Wanting to enjoy the events rather than just about get through it – I get grumpy when tired

B) do the event
They’re fun, it’s like being in a huge team – all in it!

Q4. How did it come about that you’re doing this event?
Nick! Doing London to Bruges on 2009. I came along as support ( not with the support crew but as a groupie!). I am a better participator than supporter!
I’ve always loved exercise but since turning a little older I have used it to combat the downsides of menopause – makes me feel like a kid again!

Q5. Tell us more about your training.
I trained a lot for a sprint triathlon in 2011 by joining a tri club which was fab. Got all the gear and knew the ropes – going into long distance cycling is just having lots of time in the saddle – (v sore bum otherwise!) doing at least 2 or 3 long rides – say 50+ miles leading up
To the event – also making sure I do al the disciplines if it’s a tri!!

Q6. What is going to be the toughest part of doing this event for you?
Making sure I keep happy all the way …. especially if weather is not so good – I hate wind – oh and did I mention Hills . I just think of the pint at the end and how amazing that will be

Q7. Confident for the big day(s)?
Yes – having done a couple before and knowing what great support you get

Q8. How have family and friends reacted to your doing this event?
Very supportive – friends tend to think I’m bonkers but I think secretly they would quite like to do it too!

Q9. How much do you hope to raise?
As much as possible – but having raised quite a bit from friends over the years it is harder and harder asking the same people – I do say to sponsor me just a bit so I can ask them again

Q10. How would like the donations from your efforts to make a difference?
It’s easier getting donations for something specific – such as the sensory room for Sparkle – and local charities tend to get more support (bit tricky as I live in South Wales but we have supported a local charity which has been great)

Q11. Do you have any fundraising ideas?
Fund raising ideas – as I’m 60 this year I may do some sort of golf day or event to mark it

Q12. What is it about O2e that resonates with you?
It’s fun, friendly, inclusive, age and size less! – no feat is considered trivial and the big Kev bike ride is incredibly well organised and good value for money. No overheads too although I appreciate that the charities that o2e choose do have overheads, but charities at the coal face have to have costs to operate.

Q13. What type of event would really get you out of your comfort zone?
I rather fancy a bike ride to somewhere overnight with everything with you – no bags taken for you! I would like facilities the other end though obviously !! I have loved Walk the World with the link on Facebook.

Q14. Do you have any suggestions of how we could evolve O2e and what would you like to see more of?
It may be an idea for o2e’ers to have first hand experience and have a day with some of the charities to understand exactly what we are raising money for. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine.

Q15. Finally, what advice do you have for any would-be O2eer?
Get involved – it’s fab!