Wow, what a crazy 4 month journey this has been! From setting off for our first tentative cycle ride on 23rd March, at the start of lockdown (we managed a whole mile and a half to Wolf Hall and it was hard work!) to fitting in 200 miles in the last 2 weeks and plenty of things to entertain us on the way:-
We've explored our local area and countryside more than we'd ever had time to before - we know all the cycle routes between here and Bedwyn and can probably tell you how long each one is, in miles and kilometres.
We've had punctures (mainly mine), brakes binding (also mine - wow that cycle was like a high resistance spinning class especially as I had Ember on the back!), new tyres, a few crashes, and upgraded teeth. Anya has had a new bike, a new helmet and has probably done more miles on her new bike in the last 2 months than most bikes ever see in their whole lifetime!
We've made it into regional newspapers all over the country - including Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast - had several interviews with Ben on the breakfast show on BBC Radio Wiltshire and been one of the faces of British Cycling's Let's Ride campaign on social media.
All this whilst trying to balance work (full time, key workers for mobile comms!), school (from home and actual school) and entertaining Ember, Anya's loving 3 year old sister who has been entertained on our trips by playing films on a tablet strapped to our backs!
On Thursday 23rd July, Anya finished her 999 mile challenge with an incredibly well turned out cheer across the finish line at the White Hart Pub, broadcast live on Facebook, thanks to Gavin, photographed by the Burbage Camera Club (thank you for all the lovely photos!) and showing some reciprocated support to our neighbour, landlady Claire Pratley who has been incredibly supportive of us all the way on our journey.
With ice cream, and a medal (thank you https://www.facebook.com/mylittleblueduck/) to celebrate the occasion, (and a well deserved wine for me!), the finish had a lovely community feel and we thank you all for that.
Just look at that smile - it says it all!
Thank you Burbage for all your amazing support, the total raised so far is £1274 and I have to say that I am so incredibly proud of Anya for her resilience, determination, resolve and incredible sense of humour. We couldn't have done it without her!
The last video post is here - please watch to the end to see the story in pictures!
At the start of Lockdown Anya, 7, decided that she wanted to virtually visit all her friends and family since she knew she would really miss them! So, as a family, we started to use our daily exercise time to cycle (luckily we have some beautiful surroundings!) and kept a note of how far she got!