I worked in the NHS for the last 35 years and latterly worked at Wythenshawe Hospital for the last 10 years of my career. I took early retirement in July 2018 and went off to France and Spain for 4 months. I am a keen cyclist completing the JOGLE (the wrong way round apparently – we did not have the helping winds to blow us up country) when I was 50 as a sort of birthday present to myself. I have recently completed some of my bucket list cycle climbs – Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux being the most illustrious.
I met James through work and was aware he was a fell and ultramarathon runner, he is a little whippet but when he told me he was taking up cycling – I think I inspired him really, not Tom – I thought he was going to take things easier. Couldn’t have been more wrong, the 24 hour ride and now the RAAM – he must be crazy.
I am very aware of James’ work and have worked closely with him on the risk and governance aspects of his and his team’s work in the national breast screening programme at the Nightingale Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital. I am honoured to have been asked to join the team as part of the crew to help James and Tom do the best they can over this very gruelling event, and also to raise money for the Prevent Breast Cancer charity.
I am sure they will smash it!