Lardy Challenge – the final toll

What an amazing weekend, spending time with our friends over Zoom, whilst raising money for MIND. We completed our challenge, in a relay for 26.2 hours, cycling over 400 miles and smashing our target, raising over £2,000. Thank you to everyone that took part, donated and supported us during the challenge.

Having only come up with the idea of this challenge a week before the event, taking inspiration from the Geraint Thomas’ marathon 36 hours in three days and the London Marathon 2.6 Challenge, we put together a team of 8, including one in Sydney and one in Dallas, which fortunately helped enormously with the night shifts.  Everyone took on a few shifts, to ensure that the relay continued for 26.2 hours without a break, but I think we underestimated how much sleep deprivation would take its toll!  Riding on a turbo can be up to 50% harder than riding on the road, as you are continually pedalling, with no option to free wheel and rest the legs!   

We made it though and at midnight on Sunday allowed ourselves to toast the end with a well earned beer. The sense of achievement was incredible. Most of us have done various challenge events before of the more traditional kind, but this was something very different, but just as exhausting. Being able to help others kept us going and hopefully we have raised the profile of mental health and in doing so supported MIND.

You can still sponsor us on our Just Giving page.

Without the support of the team, being on Zoom for the whole time and friends and family encouraging us with messages, it would’ve have been much tougher on the mind, body and soul.