Today was tough. Weary cyclists emerged to heavy skies this morning with aching muscles and the knowledge that 79, undulating, miles lay before them.
Sheer strength and passion for the individuals we are all here to support has been the driving force behind the permanent smiles greeting our support vehicle as we pass through the pack.
After lunch, H4H Patron Major Peter Norton spoke with cyclists about the support available in the Recovery Centres and the process individuals go through from point of injury along the Road to Recovery. As a double amputee himself, one of Pete’s most prominent points was the need for life-long support.
A wounded soldier from the Canadian team then gave an incredibly honest talk to our cyclists about his experience of life with PTSD. Everyone was deeply moved by his bravery in speaking out in such an open forum and it gave everyone an understanding of the difficulties faced by those with invisible wounds.
One of our corporate supporters, Richard Houston from Deloitte was particularly touched: “It was absolutely fabulous, it’s the whole reason we’re all here. It was so nice to hear from the guys personally about the support that they need and what a difference we’re making.”
Today was also medieval fancy dress and the outfits were incredible! Our wonderful coordinator Katie Wilson and her delightful partner in crime had made a phenomenal effort and won hands down for the best noble steed!
Susan Turnbull found the fancy dress particularly morale boosting when two knights in shining armour turned just as she encountered a puncture! ‘Sir Gaffidad’ and H4H Trustee Simon Halliday were more than happy to help our damsel: “Had our damsel been two big fat hairy blokes they would probably still be on the side of the road now. We were there, tyre changed really quickly then it was off for the next quest on the way to the Holy Grail!”
Behind all the smiles, the jesters and the jokers, everyone pushed incredibly hard today through the rain.
Tomorrow it’s off to the coast as we begin to near home shores. Excitement is building for meeting the other Hero Rides and great expectation for what awaits at The Mall!
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