Macmillan Cancer Support Golf Day

With just a week to go before I start my London to Paris bike ride, yesterday came the last chance before the big day to try and reach my fundraising target of £1,600.00.

The Attwaters Jameson Hill Golf Society day was held at Chesfield Downs Golf Club in Graveley.  The course was in fantastic condition and the weather gods smiled on us as the sun shone all day long.

This was the 3rd Golf Society day that I have organised and once again we had a great turn out. My own golf may have been a little bit wayward at times but the scores were not so important, the banter on and off the course was flowing and all those attended were hopefully enjoying the day as much as I did.

The golf must also count towards my training for my bike ride given the distance covered on foot, having taken the scenic route around the course.

A putting competition went down well and became more competitive as the day went on, but everyone was happy to donate their entry fee, with the winner, Marc Hyman of AJG & Co scoring 18 for the 9 hole course.

Out on the main course, Matt Dixon of Geoffrey Matthew Estates walked away with the Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin competitions. Andy Knight of Metro Bank Plc was the runner up in the main event with a score of 40 but was pipped to the overall win by Paul Walton of Accountancy and Costs Lawyer Services Limited who scored 41 points. As a result, the handicap committee will be meeting today.

Huge thanks must go to Matt Aylott of HSBC, Richard Hill from Bibby Factors Slough Limited, Brian Gannon of Richmond House Group and of course Attwaters Jameson Hill solicitors for sponsoring holes.

I am always touched and amazed at how generous people can be at events like this. I cannot thank those who came along to the golf day and supported this event, hopefully pushing me over my fundraising target. 

Lastly, enormous thanks to Stuart Markham, the Golf Day Manager at Chesfield Downs and his team for all their help throughout the day in making the event run so smoothly.

An exhausting day but great fun, thank you all!





London to Paris – The Route

Day 1, London – Dover

An early start from South London sees us head off with a tough day’s cycling. We head through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads. It’s not long before we are among the hills and villages of rural Kent along country roads to Dover and the coast. Leaving the white cliffs behind us, we take an afternoon ferry across the channel to Calais where we spend our first night.

Lots of hills!!

Approx Cycling Distance: 145k


Day 2, Calais – Arras

After a hearty breakfast in Calais we head south. Starting off fairly flat, our ride continues as we peddle through beautiful rural landscapes and quiet back roads. The ride gets more undulating as the day continues until we reach Arras, our well deserved final destination for the day.

Approx Cycling Distance: 125k


Day 3, Arras – Compiègne

After a couple of hard days in the saddle, our legs may be feeling a little weary this morning as we head South once more. Today we travel through villages and along quiet French roads to the more forested region around the attractive town of Compiègne. We’ll spend the night there. Compiègne is nestled on the banks of the River Oise, giving our location for the evening a stunning backdrop.

Approx Cycling Distance: 125k


Day 4, Compiègne – Paris

Our final day’s cycling takes us South West initially through small villages and woodland before we meet the Parisian suburbs. From this point the traffic increases, but our destination and the finish is in sight. We cycle though the Parisian streets around the Arc de Triumph to our finish beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower. The evening gives us the chance to congratulate ourselves at our well deserved celebration dinner.

Approx Cycling Distance: 90km


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Not long to go now ..

In just two weeks time, I will start the London to Paris cycle challenge, which takes place between the 2nd and 6th July.

Over the course of 4 days, I will cycle cover more than 480k in just four days on the roads. Of course I have trained for this event, having cycled nigh on 3,000 kilometres over the last few months in preparation. But it was only last weekend when I managed to ride 120km in one day. That is the task for each of the first 3 days of this challenge before a gentle 90km on day 4 as we head into Paris.

When I started my training I struggled to get up the smallest of hills and was pleased to cycle up to 20km. Last Sunday I cycled from Stevenage to Downham Market in Norfolk, a route that took me through four counties, in the wind and rain. Who said summer was here? The aim of the ride was prove to myself that I could cycle 120km in one go as that is what awaits me when I first leave south east London on day 1, a 120km ride down through the garden of England to Dover. There is a deadline on day 1 as well, to be in Dover by 5pm or risk missing the ferry. I don’t want to be swept up by the support van if I am in danger of missing that deadline – oh the ignominy of not completing the stage!

Last Sunday I set off in the rain, expecting the clouds to disappear by the time I had left the town. Wet through before I reached the edge of the Shire, it would not be until I reached the far side of Cambridge before the sun shone through. But then the gale force wind (so it felt to me) had whipped up, from a north easterly direction, straight in from the wash. Cycling north easterly directly into a strong headwind is not much fun, but then this is what I might face on days 2 and 3 in northern France, so all good preparation right?

Surprisingly, it felt like I was cycling uphill most of the way to the Fens, which are supposed to be at sea level. How could that be so, it should have been downhill all the way from Cambridge! After 5 hours of cycling, I made it to Downham Market, cold, with numb hands, but feeling rather satisfied with myself that I had reached my goal, to prove to myself that I can ride that distance and for so many hours.

The hard part will be repeating that the day after, then again the day after, and the day after that …

But then I remind myself that it is all for a great cause and I will get back on the bike.