A 1125 mile ' round trip' by bicycle, taking in all Countrywide Stores, is the courageous challenge being undertaken by Charles Delf
in support of Riding for the Disabled (RDA).
Setting off from Countrywide's Head Office at Evesham on Monday April 30th, Charles - who is National Alternative Feeds Manager for Countrywide - will visit 50 plus stores as far afield as Melton Mowbray, Wrexham, Carmarthen and Exeter, before heading back to Evesham to complete the ride on Friday May 11th.
The challenge will see Charles
cycling on average nearly 100 miles on each of the 12 consecutive days.
aims to raise £25,000 for RDA
(www.rda.org.uk) a charity which offers over 30,000 disabled children and adults life-enhancing experiences involving horses and riding.
"£25,000 is my target," says Charles
, "and I am determined to reach it as the RDA
does such fantastic work across all ranges of age and disability, both in the urban and rural environment.
They try to ensure that everyone benefits therapeutically from wonderful experiences with horses and have the opportunity to achieve personal goals.
This is something I really identify with.
In fact, the whole idea for the tour came about after I took up cycling to get fit: I ended up losing 2.5 stone and then had the idea of taking part in an innovative charity cycling challenge."
Charles will be joined for at least half of the tour by John Hardman, Countrywide's Chief Executive.
I'm just hoping that, in this case, my own efforts in the bike saddle will match Charles'
and do the RDA
will be writing a blog at the end of each day appearing on the Countrywide
website, www.countrywidefarmers.co.uk plus a live tracker will be following his
progress mile by mile which can be seen via http://tracker.orangetrack.co.uk/charity-bike-ride