Adrian Greenwood is assistant retail and catering manager for The Donkey Sanctuary charity shop in Otley, Leeds. He’s also helping raise funds for The Donkey Sanctuary by joining the thousands of sponsored cyclists taking part in the 2017 Prudential RideLondon, the 100-mile bike ride held this July. Here, he discusses his training regime for the challenge ahead.
I’ve worked at The Donkey Sanctuary charity shop in Otley, Leeds, for just over two years now. It’s been a privilege to serve customers with great gifts and food and drink, to witness the care given to donkeys at our sanctuaries, and to see the work of our donkey assisted therapy programme, which helps children with additional needs through emotional and physical bonding with donkeys.
These experiences inspired me to raise funds for the charity by seeking sponsorship as I train to take part in the 2017 Prudential RideLondon. It’s a gruelling 100-mile bike ride that starts and ends in the capital but takes in the hills of the Surrey countryside. We must complete the route – made famous by the 2012 London Olympic Games – within eight and a half hours. Last year, over 26,000 people participated, raising millions of pounds for charities.
I decided to take part soon after buying my first road bike. Until two years ago, I was overweight due to inactivity, and had been dealing with bouts of depression and social anxiety following chronic back pain and a knee injury. I’ve since lost around 30 kg, am happier and healthier, and people wonder how I find the time for so many activities. I currently play semi-contact rugby (League) twice a week, and have started to play full-contact Rugby Union. They’re a great form of cardio and help to build stamina.
I have personal training sessions every other week and try to get into the gym as much as possible. I’m also cycling as much as I can; a few weeks ago, I cycled the 47-mile round trip from home to The Donkey Sanctuary in Leeds, where I had my picture taken with Doodles the donkey. The ride took five hours, which would mean it would take me just over 10 hours to finish 100 miles. I need to cut this time by two hours to be able to finish within the RideLondon time limit.
I’m up for the challenge! The minimum sponsorship amount to be reached by participants is £600, but I have a personal goal of raising £1,000 for The Donkey Sanctuary. At the time of writing, I’ve managed to raise £800, well on my way to reaching my goal – but it would be great to raise more.
You can help me with my journey by liking and sharing my Facebook fundraising page. Please also consider sponsoring me, no matter how small the amount. You can do this via my Facebook page by clicking on the ‘shop now’ button, or following the link below to my Virgin Money Giving fundraising page. All money raised through Virgin Money Giving is given to The Donkey Sanctuary, no commission is taken by the site.
Thank you in advance!