Ever been on a bike ride…?
…And discovered that all those roads you thought were flat when you drove down them in your car were actually quite steep hills???
Ever been on a REALLY LONG bike ride…
… And thought your heart and lungs were going to burst when you went up a hill that didn’t look too bad from the bottom…
… And felt those aching legs afterwards that turned into jelly when you got off the bike…
… And wondered the next morning why on earth you did that to your poor, now semi-paralysed body…?
Between 23 August and 3 September, Pat Bryan of West Kirby is cycling the 962 miles – YES that’s nearly 1,000 MILES, not Kilometres – route of LEJOG (Land’s End to John O’Groats). See Pat’s Just Giving page.
Pat says his motivation, if any were needed, is to raise funds for Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre (MCTC) and here’s why…
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I lost my job and soon my marriage fell apart.
I’d been drinking heavily and I lost contact with my children.
I’ve always had a short fuse and my temper could be violent too. So eventually I ended up in trouble with the police and went to jail.
When I came out, I had no money, no job, no family and no chance of getting anything back. I hit rock bottom.
I found my way to MCTC. I couldn’t afford the full cost but they helped me out anyway and I paid what little I could.
It was hard at first. I’m not much good at talking. But after a while – quite a long time really – I learned how to do it. I really got to understand myself for the first time in my life. I wish I’d done it earlier. Who knows, maybe I wouldn’t have lost so much.
I’m getting things back on track now.
It’s been hard but the people at MCTC just wouldn’t give up. It’s really friendly there. Nobody judges you or makes you feel like a failure. It’s a bit like going home.
Things are getting better for me. I’ve found a job and I’m sticking at it. I know I can be a good dad too.
When I discovered that my husband had been having an affair, I felt like my life was over. He was my world, my everything. I didn’t want to live any more. I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach.
It was only because of our baby daughter that I didn’t kill myself.
I knew I needed to get help so she would still have her mum but I had already tried to take an overdose but I lost my nerve and made myself sick.
I couldn’t believe it when my counsellor gave me her phone number and said I could ring her at any time, day or night, even on Christmas Day.
She asked me to make an agreement that I would call her and speak to her if I felt like harming myself or wanted to end my life at any time.
I think she had to repeat it several times before I really understood.
It felt like someone really cared about me and what happened to me.
Then she encouraged me to talk – it was like I couldn’t stop talking!
All my pain came tumbling out – I cried during every session.
I thought I would never stop crying but I did in the end and then I began to rebuild my life with my daughter.
I’ve got a long way to go but I’m so glad I made the decision to reach out for help
MCTC have made it all possible.
As a keen cyclist, Pat has got more miles under his saddle than is good for him – including a cross-Pyrenees ride and the Liverpool to London ride in the last few years.
LEJOG is regarded as one of the classic endurance cycle rides in the world. The route is stunning – it goes through some of the most picturesque (and most lumpy – again Pat’s own words here – for ‘lumpy’, I might have said mountainous, formidable, monolithic, leviathan, monolithic, towering, Himalayan, daunting!) parts of the country including Exmoor, Shropshire AONB, the Lake District and the Cairngorms.
RIDING 100 MILES A DAY FOR 10 DAYS WILL BE THE HARDEST CYCLE RIDE THAT PAT HAS EVER ATTEMPTED.
PLEASE make this worth his while and support Pat and people like Shebeena and Gerry by donating at his Just Giving page.
PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE – Please Help MCTC to provide HOPE.