Thursday, 30 June 2011

Barking Mad Cycle Ride

Last year on the island of Jamaica, Gordon and Al Barnes organised and completed the gargantuan challenge of riding 400 miles in 32 hours 44 minutes. In order to prepare for such a feat, Gordon Barnes thought it would be suitable training to cycle around Richmond Park 37 times overnight. For those of you who don’t know Richmond Park, a full circuit is over 6 miles, thus bringing Gordon to a total of approximately 252miles – all of this in just 18 hours.

Our reaction upon hearing about this was that it sounded incredibly valiant but also particularly unpleasant; when we found out that Gordon would be doing it again, it made us question his sanity. Ultimately though, it was the sheer nonchalance in his attitude towards it that makes it obvious that the man is clearly mad:

‘Last year it was great fun, I had company throughout and several people did some big mileage with me – Barry tucked his children into bed, jumped on his bike and joined me for 125 miles, Whisk went to the cinema and then out for a meal and came in at about midnight for 100 miles! Statue was at a gig until about 1am and then popped in at about 2am for 5 laps.’Gordon Barnes



It all became clear upon finding out that last year the Barnes brothers raised £32,352 For Chain of Hope, a charity dedicated to raising funds for sustainable, clinical and research cardiac centres for children with heart diseases, in less economically developed countries; their particular cause is the Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Kingston. This year, despite being unable to make it to Jamaica to join his brother, Gordon will be repeating his efforts on the 15th/16th July. So far they have raised £17,577 – an outstanding effort – but one that doesn’t meet the high benchmark set last year. For such an intense challenge, not to mention its worthy cause, Pearson is backing Gordon all the way; who knows, some of us may even make it down for a late night lap or five.

To support Mr Barnes and Bustamante Children’s Hospital visit the Just Giving page, or maybe join him for the ride…

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