Pedalling for pounds - Mike Harrington is taking on our Dream Wheelers Challenge

Cycling mad, Mike Harrington, has participated in numerous cycling events, including the Isle of Wight 100Km Randonnee, Gridiron 100Km New Forest, London to Brighton, BHF Round The Harbours and Hayling to Gorron. He has also, on 14 separate occasions, completed the Hayling to Paris bike ride! So when Mike heard that we were running our Dream Wheelers event, he couldn’t sign up quick enough.

Mike has never been one to shy away from a challenge and has been known to even up the stakes, where possible, by choosing a less conventional approach to the type of two wheels he uses. Here is Mike on his tandem with wife, Janet, as they embark upon another training session.

If that wasn’t test enough, Mike has pushed himself further still, varying his training with a ride around the local area on his mini Penny Farthing, yes, Penny Farthing!

Mike says: “I have been cycling for 35 years, it’s a great way to keep fit and I particularly enjoy cycling through France. The Dream Wheelers route takes you through not only key historic landmarks, but also along beautiful scenic roads. While I do cycle regularly, 50 miles per day is challenging enough, while still being achievable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness and a bit of training under their belts. It’s also not so long that you don’t have time to enjoy a few stops along the way and time to wind down and get to know fellow cyclists in the evening.”

Mike is looking forward to his next challenge and will be one of up to 30 participants taking on the 101 mile Dream Wheelers route through Normandy, France. Riders depart on the overnight ferry from Portsmouth on 15th June, arriving in Caen on the morning of 16th June, where they head straight off on the first 51 mile route through the Falaise Gap. After a good night’s rest in Falaise, it’s off for the second 50 mile stretch to Ouistreham for the second night’s stay. Then it’s up and out to catch the 8.30am ferry back to Portsmouth.

We need to raise £15.5 million to build a brand new purpose-designed Hospice – a DREAMBUILDING - to enable us to continue providing their specialist high quality care to the community. Great progress has already been made, however £3 million is still needed and we are asking for people to become Dream Wheelers and help raise the remainder.