Gill’s incredible 1000 mile cycle challenge

Our inspirational Fitness, Class & Swim Instructor Gill has taken on board an almighty challenge to cycle an eye watering distance this summer. Read her own account to find out where her inspiration has come from and what has kept her motivated throughout her gruelling training schedule…

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‘1000 mile Cycling challenge Land’s End to John O’ Groats seemed like a good idea in January!!! Now I’m not so sure. I have been meaning to put pen to paper for ages but somehow the appeal of getting out on my beautiful specialised bike “Ruby” always won. I have chosen Breathing Matters as my charity, I believe there needs to be more research into keeping our air cleaner and finding ways to protect our lungs from toxins so cyclist can enjoy this wonderful form of exercise outdoors. The way we breathe can also have a huge impact on our wellbeing. Breathing Matters is a centre for respiratory research into pulmonary fibrosis and lung infection based at the University College London in desperate need of funding to support its work.

My initial motivation came from collect 2000 moves a day for 30 consecutive days on the Bluecoats MyWellness Gym equipment this quickly improved my cardio vascular system. Other types of training that I have been doing have included kettle bell workouts, chin pull ups and swimming. Recently I have been seen out and about Cycling on the Surrey Hills herding artistically painted cows! Yes cows I haven’t quiet gone mad yet; but they have been placed far and wide bringing awareness and protection to these beautiful hills. Check out the Surrey Hills Cow Parade to find out more.

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I have clocked up over 2,500 miles in training and now with just a few weeks to go my belly is full of butterflies, but I will give this challenge my best effort, gasping for breath over the hills I will keep peddling with your support egging me on.

Please help me raise a £1 000 for this outstanding charity’

“ Without breath we are nothing”

Gill Probin

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