We’d been planning this ride for months with great help from Manchester Airport Staff. We’d organised a prime spot in Departures of Terminal 1 to cycle for 10 hours on our indoor trainers and to raise some money for Gareth Evans Research Trial.
This didn’t help when Tom and my alarms went off at 2:30 am, aiming for a 4am start at the airport. Busiest day of half term with 4-8am being the peak period for departures and foot traffic. They weren’t wrong!
Id love to say that Tom and I were positive at 2:30am, the first message I got from Tom at 2:51am was
“This is shite will be my next blog title” ha ha ha
My feelings were similar, how did we think that getting up at 2:30 on our day off was a good idea? Negative feelings were soon banished when we arrived at the airport and staff were super helpful getting set up. The bay we had been given had no power so with their help we ran a few cables from the Swissport desk into our bay and got up and running.
The airport was super hot and the idea of cycling for 10 hours without power and with no fan was inconceivable. Trainers were all set up, fans set up, and big screens thanks to Barry Bugg from Pixel were arranged to show us cycling in a virtual Zwift world.
4-8 am was absolutely bonkers. My son Will was a super star getting out of his bed at 3am to come and hold a bucket to collect. He definitely had the magic touch and I think the families going on half term ski and sun trips were sympathetic to the poor 8 yo who was supporting his dad in the middle of the night to raise some money. A big thanks to Adrian and my wife Sophie for getting gup so early to help.
The people watching at the airport was ace!!! It was all going on , massive queues, some wonderful stories from people donating money. Best of all was watching all the family arguments as stressed families checked in for their flights.
AS the day went on Tom and I really suffered in the heat, we got hotter and hotter and both had banging headaches by the end of the 10 hours. We kept telling ourselves it was good training for the deserts of America! We had three shifts of supporters who all did a great job in helping us to raise £612.68 on the day. Well chuffed. A little closer to our total everyday.
If you fancy running a small event to help us raise money towards our total please contact Nikki@preventbreastcancer.org.uk , any event small or large will get us near our total.
James and Tom