Liane Cope vs Cancer
Challenge Update and Count Down
In case you have not heard, let me fill you in. It all started ten months ago when my friend Kirsty told me about a trip to cycle 350 kilometres in Brazil to raise money for three cancer charities: Breast Cancer Care; Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. (Registered charity number 268369) and I thought it sounded such a good idea. You can read more about the charities and why I wanted to get involved by reading further down the page.
Since then, we have been regularly going out on our bikes and now have some favourite 20, 35 & 50 mile circular routes to choose from. It has taken us to places we did not know existed right on our doorstep and we have found some beautiful scenic routes taking in breathtaking views stretching across to Wales. On our travels we have seen such a variety of wildlife which I certainly would have missed in the car.
In January we experienced beautiful frosty mornings and blue skies and the country roads were lovely and quiet. However, heading into spring it became noticeably more busy with groups of cyclists and cars. In May on a training weekend, we had the chance to meet more of the ladies doing the same challenge with us. We cycled 49 miles in Staffordshire, which I found easier than expected, so I was relieved to know my training schedule was on track. There were 42 ladies and so it felt very strange cycling with so many other people. I'll have to get use to this! We were lucky to be able to prepare ourselves for the heat by cycling in 30 degree heat (remember those lovely hot days we had early summer?) To date, I have accumulated around 1100 miles and the furthest distance I've travelled in a day is 50 miles. I would not have been so well prepared if it was not for my coach Duncan (who knows when my pace slackens and when to encourage me up those steep hills) and my training and challenge partner Kirsty. Thank you.
Finally Kirsty and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support, encouragement, donations and help with organising the charity events. Without you amazing people we couldn't have done it. THANK YOU. So far, we have raised £3,500.00 but there is still time to donate if you would like to support these worthwhile charities.
Some of you may know me and my story, but for you who don't here is a brief outline.
Four years ago I discovered I had breast cancer, and so did two other friends. This terrible disease does not just affect you - but your family and friends too! So having support helps us all through the dark days.
Now after three ops and a long treatment period I feel I need to give something back by raising money for cancer charities.
To do this I have produced a T-shirt design, which I hope you will purchase for yourself or as a gift for someone you love.
The design 'cats' was drawn by my talented daughter as a present for me whilst I was going through the treatment and this cheered me up enormously. Now here's my chance to share it with you. She has kindly drawn a 'dogs' design recently for those of you that love dogs.
A local printing company are kindly printing the T-shirts at cost, so for every one sold £9 will go straight to the following cancer charities: Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. (Registered charity number 268369)
So please help me help others fighting cancer!
Challenge Liane 2017!
In 2017 my challenge: is to cycle 350km in just five days travelling along tropical coastline and through parts of the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil. It is the Woman v Cancer cycle ride and is organised by Action for Charity, (Registered charity number 268369) which takes place on the 9th to the 19th of October 2017.
Why am I doing it: Well I'm into my 4th year of remission and last year I went through breast reconstruction. Now back onto my feet again I feel it is time to let go of the past and look to the future. My aim is to get my fitness back and at the same time give something back to the charities that so helped me through those dark days. I tell my children that life is all about learning and new chapters and opportunities, and this is mine.
Which Charities will benefit: Three charities working to fight breast, ovarian and cervical cancers: Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.
How can you help: I am paying for my costs, but wish to raise at least £1,700 for the Charities.