Today we're starting with news from The Consortium...
...First up is Hugh Haimes, whose tale of woe sadly means he's had to withdraw from the team:
"It is with regret that I am dropping out of the charity bike ride. You may or may not be aware I went over my handle bars on a training run 3 weeks ago, in an attempt to avoid my son who fell right in front of me! (He’s OK, bar two cut knees and a bit of guilt for injuring his dad...)
I could have chosen the softer landing on top of him but hit the tarmac with my right hand. Initially diagnosed as a broken wrist and in plaster for 10 days, then revised to metacarpals and an MRI scan, and now today cartridge damage with a check-up in 5 weeks. I have been instructed to avoid contact sports, racquet/bat, body boarding & cycling, all on my agenda over the next month.
I’m safer on two feet, so leaves me with training for my trail runs (Race The Train & Hell Up North).
I wish you all the very best and an exhilarating ‘safe’ ride."
That's a shame Hugh and we'll pass on your good wishes to the rest of the team. We also wish you well, both for a speedy recovery and for success in your trail runs later this year.
On a much brighter note, Matthew James has a more positive report on how both training and fund-raising is going...
..."Training is going really well. Me and the other Matt have been going out after work as often as we can throughout the week however as it starts to get darker earlier now we aren’t able to cover as many miles as we would like. I’ve been going out on the weekend for longer rides and I am really starting to enjoy it.
We’ve been working hard trying to raise as much money as possible. We’re holding a race night on the 7th September to raise money for mine and Matt’s charities and also we’ll be doing a boot sale to try and raise money on either 31st August or 7th September (weather permitting)."
That's great news, Matthew and do give us an update (and photos!) of how your fund-raising events go. Matthew has also given us the links to his mydonate pages: he's splitting his funds between Help for Heroes and The Consortium's nominated charity for 2013, West Wiltshire Special Needs Activity Scheme.
As more news comes in, we'll be setting up a central Team News Page as part of the Paris to Swindon Flagship Fundraiser Pages. This will have team member profiles, plenty of pictures and links to those all important fund-raising pages. This has proved to be a very popular part of the blog in previous years and is a great way to quickly find the right page for you to add your donation to the cause (and team member) you'd like to support.
Cyclists take note: if we feature your story, you'll receive a £20 donation to help bring you just a little bit closer to your £1,500 target :)