Follow Denise as she rides from Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of the MS Society

Follow Denise as she rides from Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of the MS SocietyI have a great plaque in my kitchen which says ‘Looking for an adventure before dementia’. I’m not saying I’m ready for the knacker’s yard just yet, but I do feel like life is passing me by and that 2017 needs to be a year full of adventures.

My friends think I’m having a midlife crisis but I would like to think that I’m simply grabbing life by its horns and enjoying the ride whilst I am fortunate enough to be in a position to do so.

So this year I’ve been on my first ever skiing trip (there were lots of tears), have completed the Yorkshire three peaks challenge and will be cycling 969 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats over nine (very sore bottom) days in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system that affects more than 100,000 people in the UK. Symptoms usually start in your 20’s and 30’s and it affects almost three times as many women as men.

Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help patients to manage the condition and its symptoms. Experts don’t know the cause and they haven’t yet found a cure, but research is progressing fast. For more information please visit the MS Society web site.

I consider myself to be quite fit and I’m happy to have a little pootle out on my bike to take in the amazing Yorkshire scenery but nine days of cycling an average of 116 miles a day is way out of my comfort zone. While the training will be tough, with lots of tears, tantrums, and cake (not all bad then!), I know how lucky I am to be able to complete this challenge.

I will keep you updated on my progress, my routes and how my fundraising is going, over the next few months. Wish me luck!