We can start of 2021 with the completion by local racer David Walsh through his personal physical challenge, which has raised through fantastic donations the amount of £1922.50 for The Injured Riders Welfare Fund and a similar amount for the Air Ambulance NI – Dave, around Aghadowey race circuit – the Auld Race Track
The challenge consisted of of a 31 day physical challenge of : 31 miles a day for the 31 days which took place through the March 2021 COVID lockdown.
The physical challenge was broken into 10 or 11 miles runs in full bike kit, one piece race leathers including wearing a helmet gloves and boots. Then 20 or 21 miles on the mountain bike again in full bike kit.
The runs consisted of lapping the old Aghadowey race circuit (1.003 miles a lap), during the early mornings and evenings, followed by the bike.
At weekends the bicycle miles where around the MTB trails at Garvagh forest with a mixture of track and trail, the target each day was to complete 31 miles, 10 miles minimum on foot the rest on the bike – total Mileage 961 Miles for the 31 days.
Dave says, “Well we got to the end of it and after a few days off, I am sort of missing the trudge around the track. But not enough to throw stinky auld race kit on again. I will maybe take a few leisurely runs around the circuit in sensible running kit at normal times of day.”
“The last day was a relief as even my eyelashes were getting sore and tired, but it was well worth putting in the effort. Big Thanks to all who supported me, but especially Rosie for putting up with all the middle of the night starts and having stinky leathers and helmets drying around the house. The lads and lasses from Team Happy for coming along and joining in now and again. And all the locals from around Aghadowey that just accepted the Mad Man running around the auld race track.”
“Total to today’s date (4 April 2021) is £3845.00 that’s twice my original target and a bonus for the 2 causes that I have been putting in the effort for. That works out at £1922.5 each, if anyone else wants to donate anything then please give to the Charities direct using the links from their websites.”
A massive massive grateful thanks to Dave, all who helped with the fund-raising, his supporters and all those people who generously donated – we just could not do what we do without all of you!
The burning question now is, will Dave be making this an annual “thing” as he takes a well earned rest or are there others to take this on!
Daves 31×31 Day Challenge – On Injured Riders Welfare Fund
Daves 31×31 Day Challenge – Go Fund Me page
Wilson Craig Racing – On Facebook
The Injured Riders Welfare Fund – https://injuredriderswelfarefund.org.uk
Air Ambulance NI – https://airambulanceni.org