2/13/2012 4:55:16 PM

Two ARM Directors to cycle from London to Paris for the Make-a-Wish Foundation!

On June 6th 2012, ARM Directors Mike Gawthorne and Paul Martin will begin a gruelling 300-mile, 4 day cycle ride in aid of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. They will attempt to raise £4,000 for this excellent cause - if you are interested in sponsoring them, you can find a link at the bottom this page. Already in training, Paul Martin BLOGS about it here!



So why did I sign up for this crazy challenge? I’ve been entering cycling events for the past three years, starting with Round The Harbours (36 miles) which I have completed in 3 consecutive years, and London to Brighton (60 miles on the day once I had cycled from my hotel to the start, and from the finish to where I was being collected), so already had the bug.


But why Make-a-Wish? It’s one of the charities we at ARM have chosen to support this year, and like everybody else at the company I was deeply moved when volunteer Adrian Dixon came to ARM HQ and presented to us on the charity’s activities and achievements. So I decided to see if any other idiots from the Directors’ team fancied joining me in a sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for the charity, and Mike Gawthorne stepped proudly forward. Temporary insanity over a glass of red on a Friday night, combined with my looming 45th birthday, spurred me on - and the gauntlet was firmly laid down!


Now onto the training plan. I started training on a static trainer, but two twenty minute sessions later the boredom had got me out onto the road and I’d invested in a shiny new carbon fibre road bike! So much for static training.


Five weeks ahead of the plan supplied by the organisers, I had completed five rides by the end of January 2012, of distances varying from over 18 to over 30 miles - including a particularly gruelling weekend when I did 25 and 28-milers on consecutive days. The next two days at the office were mostly spent stood up for some reason!


A chill snap welcomes the start of February, and a 10am photo shoot on a cold Saturday morning beckons for Mike and me, so that the PR Express of ARM’s Marketing team can get us out there and help us smash our £4k sponsorship target.


You can sponsor Paul and Mike here!

If you would like to sponsor Paul and Mike in the London to Paris Cycle Ride, you can donate at this page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ARMDirectors


Thank you.

Advanced Resource Managers.