It’s official – it’s less than a week until Richard Burt and his team hit the greatest hills in the UK – from the steep (and slightly terrifying!) to the beautiful climbs in picturesque spots, as penned by Simon Warren in his 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs book.
Hoping to raise £50,000 for Dementia UK in honour of his mum, who is living with dementia at Redhill Court Residential Care Home in Birmingham, Richard with Sanctuary Care’s support will be hitting the hills in just 12 days – starting this Thursday (18 August).
To rally behind the challenge we will be sharing some of Richard’s tips, fears and excitements during the countdown, as well as sharing daily updates on how he is getting on throughout the mammoth challenge - so enjoy, share and send some virtual luck to Richard and his team with the hashtag #CyclingwithRichard on Twitter.
Which hill climb means the most to you and why?
Richard said: “The hill that means the most to me is The Burway from Church Stretton onto The Long Mynd. I have a great love and history of fell running over the South Shropshire hills in my younger days and it really meant a lot to blast up it for the first time on my bike after twenty years away.”
Richard and his team will be cycling The Burway on Day four, Sunday 21 August, at around 12.15pm. Day four will be a busy day for the cyclists, in total Sanctuary Care’s cycling hero will be hitting 11 hills, starting at 7.50am and calling it a day at 7.15pm.
Where did it all begin?
Richard said: “I enjoy hill climbing and I decided to do this challenge as a gung-ho project to raise money for Dementia UK – a charity which supports people like mum. The closer I get to it the more serious I know the undertaking is.”
Before Peggy moved into Sanctuary Care’s Redhill Court, Richard reached out for vital support from Admiral Nurse care in Worcestershire but discovered imperative funding had been withdrawn and it was this heart-breaking discovery that motivated Richard to raise funds for Dementia UK – to help the charity grow their Admiral Nurse networks for future families.