Wednesday 15 September 2010

Sam and team take on epic cycle challenge

We get to hear about some fantastic people with CF doing some amazing challenges here at the CF Trust and Sam Tomson is no exception. On the 9th October he'll be starting a 1,200 mile bike ride from Calais in France to Barcelona in Spain, and hopes to raise £10,000 for the CF Trust. Here's more from the man himself....

My name is Sam Tomson, I’m 28 and I have Cystic Fibrosis. I am very lucky to be able to even consider undertaking a challenge of this nature, which will involve cycling about 100 miles a day for 2 weeks. My lungs are colonised with Pseudomonas, but I manage to keep up a good lung function with lots of exercise and a focus on keeping my chest clear.

A few years ago I cycled just over 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats and really enjoyed the experience of seeing England, Wales and Scotland in its purest form, and the immense satisfaction of seeing our progress on the map! The daily routine for the upcoming trip will be similarly gruelling: wake up early and try to stuff down as much breakfast as possible, do my medications and hit the road for a 7 hour or so day of cycling. Throughout the day my biggest challenge is staying hydrated and keeping my energy reserves up, so constant banana, cereal bar, jelly babies and glucose drinks action! Yes, there will be days I’ll be feeling low on energy or struggling to keep a big meal down while out cycling, but I know I’ll enjoy it and will be thinking of all the money we’ve raised. With my parents driving the route to provide back-up and carry all my medication, and my two team mates forging ahead and keeping all of our spirits up, I know I’ll complete the trip.

The link to sponsor me and the team, or share with someone else is We’re quite a way behind our target so every little helps and those extra £ will help inspire us to keep those legs pumping up and down and up and down….

Thanks Sam and good luck!

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