385mile cycle challenge

Nick Wilson

Northamptonshire

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13/06/2021 19:24:08

So we have just completed Day Two of the 385mile cycle challenge we are doing as part of the wider 385challenge, which kicks off on Monday 14th June and will last the week for Men's Health Awareness Week.

It's been tough going for the team, with over 6hrs being spent in the sun, no clouds and 24+ degrees! For me personally, it's the first time I've ever actually completed over 55miles in one day, so doing it two days on the trot now is SUCH an achievement for me.

The body is beginning to hurt much more now though, with recovery times being so much longer and I'm struggling with both my spine and Fibro currently. With the days only becoming harder as we progress and the inclines of the hills becoming longer and steeper, I'll be honest, I'm petrified right now about whether I will actually be able to complete this!!

31/05/2021 10:18:50

Good day's training today, with my completing a 20mile cycle route in the quickest time yet at 1hr50mins, which is 15mins faster than my best time! Whilst it isn't about the speed during the challenge, ideally we do need to be averaging 10mph if I am to prevent my being on the bike for 10hr to 12hr days.

31/05/2021 10:02:04

It is a sad sad day and timely reminder, not that it was needed, of why I am undertaking such a challenge and the reason for it being during Men's Health Awareness Week, as I wake to the news of the Veteran community losing yet another hero to Suicide and it has hit home hard. You can watch catch the short vlog I filmed, catch up with earlier vlogs and keep updated with progress via my YouTube channel - #385challenge 

My Target

June 12, 2021 - September 12, 2021
Cycling Cycling
Target: 385.00
338.0 Miles

Fundraising Story

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the mental health of millions of individuals around the country, with the numbers of people having diagnosable Depression and/or Anxiety Disorders doubling during 2020 and for the first time there has been an increase in the number of teenagers who feel they have no other choice than to take their own lives.


As it is, pre covid saw on average, over 385 men completing suicide every month within the UK, with men still accounting for 3 out of 4 suicides and the impact of Toxic Masculinity is more prevalent today than it ever has been. Whilst we do tend to talk about mental health more as a society, the numbers of men taking action remains small, predominantly owing to; stigma, prejudice and the perceptions of asking for help or speaking about your emotions, being something only wimps or women do!


This is why during "Men’s Health Awareness Week" from 14th to 20th June, I will be tackling my own #385challenge, to raise money for Talk Mental Health who provide so much support, guidance and training to not just men, but also their partners, family and loved ones.

Collectively we can show it is NOT weak to ask for help or speak about our mental health and emotions, that in fact it takes great bravery and courage to take these steps and be the very best person we can, for our family, friends, loved ones, partners and OURSELVES.

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