“Follow Paul #1”

Paul Weald is participating in the 2012 Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam.Led by rugby world cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio and cricket Ashes hero Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, and sponsored by Virgin Media, this is an epic charity cycle ride from the ancient birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece to the Olympic Park in London –finishing on Friday 18th May. The target is to raise £2,012,000 for charity.

Paul, who is a resident of Wokingham and a member of Thames Valley Triathletes, is one of over 500 participants who are busy preparing for the event. He is taking part in stage 5 – the champagne leg – fulfilling a boyhood dream to be ride into the London Olympic stadium!

His aims are three fold:

  • To personally raise over £3,000 for the event charities;
  • To complete the 578 km of cycling in 4 days – covering an undulating route through Northern France and South East England with some 15,000 feet of climbing;
  • To use the 2012 London Olympics as a way of raising awareness in the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle.

The money raised is going to three fantastic causes:

  1. the Dallaglio Foundation is supporting a cutting edge research project that will help develop more effective and personalised treatments for prostate cancer;
  2. the AF Foundation is developing and improving Child Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Units,
  3. and Virgin Unite is helping people tackle tough social and environmental problems with an entrepreneurial approach.

Paul commented “I was lucky enough to win a place on this years Cycle Slam through a Virgin Media customer competition. Cycling is one of the three disciplines in my sport of triathlon, so my training is going well. I do need people to support my fund-raising efforts though – these are fantastic causes that make all the personal training effort worthwhile”.

You can read about Paul’s progress via his blog – and find out how to sponsor him – at http://charityride.wordpress.com