Sibling rivalry being what it is my youngest sister Carol is also now on the case. As a fully qualified and practising Nutritionist she is now firmly on my tail! I remember years ago saying to a young officer “never ask advice from someone if you are not prepared to accept and act on it”… Dooh… I am now facing the prospect of eating properly for at least the next 2 months and the weekend red wine frenzy is a thing of the past! Carol runs the Libralife practice and its really interesting stuff, strange really that we (well me at least) do not take much time to understand the effects of the various “fuels” we put in our bodies in the form of food and drink. I am learning a lot from this whole process which I need to as like a lot of chaps of a certain age (and girth) I have been “pre-diabetic” for a couple of years. There is more at www.libralife.co.uk
We have also skipped a generation here with my nephew (Carol’s son) Alex joining in. Sam as I know him qualified from Bath School of Architecture last year and is now working with down in Canterbury doing some exciting work for Purcell Miller Tritton on Canterbury Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament amongst other things. Sam is a mad keen (and pretty talented in my view) rower and regularly competes for Maidstone Rowing Club in their boats. He is also a good strong cyclist and is going to join us for part of the ride (hopefully at the back end where we will really need the support). I just need to ask his employers nicely… which I will!
My oldest sister Gillian has also decided to take up part of the challenge, a U1 if you like! She and her 3 dogs are going to complete the 3 Peaks element starting with Snowdon on the 7th of October, then Scafell Pike on the 11th (which is one of her dogs Rosie’s birthday) and finally Ben Nevis on the 15th. Gillian has then to get back to her practice in Rochester in Kent where she is the senior Podiatrist www.thorndikepact.co.uk . In addition to helping us Gillian is using the event to help raise money for one of her favourite charities, Hounds for Heroes www.houndsforheroes.com a really nice charity whose mission states that “the purpose of Hounds for Heroes is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services”, through which they aim to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life for their clients.
After a weekend on Derwent Water in the Lake District with Felix and Bridget we have decided to use “sit on” style touring canoes. I am sure there will be purists chocking in to their beer at this point, but for novices they are very simple to use, are safe and cut the water nicely. The chosen boats look like being Perception “Freedom Expedition” which are built by a British company in Surrey and have the same hull profile as their closed cockpit K1 sea-kayak. One result of the weekend training is that Felix is now going to use Bridget’s rowing machine each day (she was a Cambridge rowing Blue… so no rest for Felix then).