Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition student Emma Hunter took on a challenge to raise money for Sobell House hospice – read about her journey and watch her cycle her way through a massive 250km to raise just under £2000!!!
On Saturday 28th November it was exactly 250 days since Boris Johnson announced the first lockdown. To signify this I decided that on this day I would complete a 250km challenge on the spin bike in aid of the amazing Sobell House hospice charity. Sobell House, like many other local charities have had a massive knockback this year due to COVID cancelling many fundraising events which contribute significantly to their annual income.
My aim was to try and complete the 250km within 11-12 hours including rest breaks. I prepared lots of sweet snacks, pasta, sandwiches and drinks for the day to keep me going as I knew I would be burning a lot of calories! I started just after 7:30am and found the first 5-6 hours go by relatively quickly and I was surprised at how good my legs felt! I got to the halfway mark in just under 5 hours. The next couple of hours were tougher as I could feel my legs starting to fatigue and become more painful. I tried to ignore them as much as possible and keep my morale high. It definitely helped having lots of support from friends and family as well as from Sobell House. When I got to the last 25km I knew that it would only be 1 more hour to push through and surprisingly again it went by quite quickly! During the last 5km my parents really helped to spur me on towards the finish and were on hand with a bottle of fizz to celebrate the moment the screen showed 250km! I finished the 250km in 10 hours 9 minutes.
I am truly overwhelmed by the amount of support I have had throughout my training and on the day of the challenge. I can’t thank everyone who has donated enough. My original target was £250, so far I’ve raised just over £1900 and I know that this money is going to such a wonderful charity who are working extremely hard everyday providing palliative care.