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Bike, Blade and Boot Challenge

11th June to 19th June 2014

In support of the Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation Unit (CLEAR)

Please put your support behind David and Phil to help them reach their target of £1500!

David Woodman, the husband of Oxford Brookes’ Vice Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer and Philip Skipp, Oxford Brookes University driver are joining forces to complete a 9-day challenge and raise £1,500 to support adults and children with brain and spinal injuries, co-ordination disorders and long-term physical disabilities as part of the Brookes 150th anniversary.

David describes here the Challenge and their motivation:

“The Bike, Blade and Boot Challenge will be an event in 3 parts, completed over 9 days between Oxford and London.  In the first leg we cycle from London to Oxford in one day.  The second leg, of five days duration, involves rowing from Oxford to London in a traditional Thames camping skiff.  And the final leg of three days will return us to Oxford on foot.”

“Since completing the 1,000 mile Lands’ End to John O’Groats cycle ride together in 2011, we have been looking for another ‘senior’ challenge.  We designed this event as a type of ‘senior’ triathlon that gets almost as close to the water as swimming and the final leg will be the equivalent distance of three marathons, albeit walking.”

“Our motivation for this challenge derives from a collection of ideas and values.  As we age and our bodies squeak in ways they didn’t in the past there is a desire to push ourselves to see what we can achieve physically.   We both believe in the central importance of mobility in human life and, therefore, understand how the compromising of mobility places limitations on human experience.”

 “That is why we will be raising funds to purchase much needed equipment for the University’s Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation unit. CLEAR is a fitness studio designed exclusively for adults and children, who require a high level of supervision due to their medical condition.  It is our hope that clients and users of the unit will shadow our activities over the nine days using stationary bicycles, rowing machines and treadmills.”

Support this excellent cause by donating now!

100% of your donation will go direct to this project, together with any Gift Aid.

 And, finally, and coincidentally, this year is the 125th anniversary of the publication of Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog.