Philip Bailey’s LEJOG Challenge – Day 8

Many thanks to Philip Bailey for sending us his eagerly awaited Blog for Day 8 of his Gruelling LEJOG Challenge. As you will know, Philip is cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the Douglas Bader Foundation and we are extremely grateful to him for his amazing efforts on behalf of the charity.

If you see Philip en route, resplendent in his DBF Strip, designed by Margaret (Maggz) Biggs, one of the Foundation’s Ambassadors and lower limb amputee who has accompanied Philip on 2 sessions of his challenge, please do give his a cheer and show your support for this wonderful effort, a personal as well as a fund-raising challenge.

You can also support him by donating to his JustGiving Page.


Day 8, Warrington to Meathop

After a days rest and visiting relatives in Warrington I was back on the road. This started at 8 o’clock when Starbucks opened and I could grab a coffee and sausage sandwich for breakfast.

I set off for the Lake District via Wigan, Preston and Lancaster under blue skies but with a slight chill on the breeze. It was an easy route to follow today  A49 to Preston then the  A6 to the  lakes. Although not surrounded by stunning countryside the ride through urban environments made a welcome change for me and there were plenty of segregated cycle lanes. Again it was a day for the big ring with no hills of note to overcome.

I had arranged to meet with Margaret Biggs again today where she would join me from Preston to Carnforth on the edge of Cumbria. this time our meeting went more smoothly than Friday with Mags arriving at the coffee stop on time all be it in style [see the photo below]…

Margaret arriving for coffee in style…

I think there was a following wind for the majority of the day for the first time since I started my ride. this resulted in my average speed being slightly higher than previous. Today was also the first day that I have seen lots of bikes out on Sunday rides all of them nodding or greeting me, and vice versa, as we passed. Unfortunately there were no purple signs today, I think I have secretly given up on seeing any more.

Setting off for Lancaster

For the techies out there I covered 76.72 miles at an average of 15.2mph. I climbed a total 700 metres and used up 4927 calories.

The route that I took today can be found at Garmin Connect

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  1 comment for “Philip Bailey’s LEJOG Challenge – Day 8

  1. maggz
    September 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Am definitely sticking to the bike. After coffee the Mobility Scooter failed to start! No AA Breakdown cover either. . . .

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