Preparing for Nightrider 2015

SWCharity Nightrider

Between now and June 6th, we’ll be pushing out blogs written by some (if not all) of our registered Nightrider charity cyclists. Most of the people taking part are like me (JQ) novices when it comes to cycling and participating in this kind of challenge. There are also a number of seasoned cyclists on our side who have contributed much already in terms of advice, information, hints and tips on getting the most of this experience. Terry Maley, Dewayne Artrey, Fergus Gracey and Nick Lomax, thank you!

Our first contributor is Sarah Willson, Project Accountant, SAMSON Materials Handling Ltd, Ely. Sarah is one of eight SAMSON MH employees including Songwriting Charity Trustee, Sharon Hall, taking on Nightrider to help us to beat bullying this year and beyond. Sarah has started training hard for the challenge and is doing well and shared the following with us, “Ok, chose nice country roads and managed 13.5k. Could have gone further, just didn’t know how far I had gone but quite pleased with that. Saying that not sure bum could handle more. Not sure if I’m going to be able to sit down tomorrow. Ordering padded leggings this afternoon!”

13.5k is a good distance, keep it up Sarah. Don’t forget the old maxim ‘little and often’. Getting saddle time in these early days is vital. I’ve been advised that padded shorts/leggings are also a must have!

Sarah is fundraising for the Songwriting Charity‘s anti-bullying programme Bully Beat. Bully Beat helps children to understand the effect, impact and consequences of bullying, it also helps to build their confidence and improve their self esteem, the very things that bullying can erode and destroy. Parents often tell us by email or via social media just how much Bully Beat has helped their children gain in confidence, and the boost to self-esteem they’ve experienced being a songwriter and recording artist for one very special day!

With your help, we will reach many more children affected by bullying behaviour. Please support us and support Sarah Willson’s efforts by making a donation here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/sarahwillson1

 

 

2 thoughts on “Preparing for Nightrider 2015

  1. Hello all, just thought we would give you an update on some of the successes/activities of the rest of the Samson Team.
    The team has really stepped up to the challenge, with some of us purchasing bikes just so that we can enter the nightrider event, or modifying existing ones!. Karl has even bought some lycra cycle shorts but he’s not willing to show us the photos yet.
    Terry is the Team Coach and has taken on the role of making sure we are putting miles through the legs… Monday mornings are now … “did you go for a ride? ” ” how long were you in the saddle for ?” He is very good at keeping us motivated and convincing us that no pain no gain !

    We are all excited about taking part, and the rest of the company is supporting us which is really nice. And as we get closer to the day will only help as the nerves will surely start for some of us.
    Star of the week will be David who cycled 35 miles on Sunday, although he couldn’t sit on Monday !!!

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