UPDATE Richard Halsall (Southport) raised £730 in 12 hour charity cycling challenge to raise awareness & funds for MS Trust April 27th, 2014 admin Latest News Shares Comments UPDATE: Richard Halsall raised a total of £730 on Saturday 26th April 2014, riding 165 miles in 12 hours. He started at 7am and finished at 7pm at Tesco Southport to raise awareness & funds for MS Trust. A big thanks to all supporters throughout the day. …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Today Saturday 26th April 2014 Richard Halsall of Southport is doing a 12 hour challenge charity cycling ride. He started at 7am and will finish at 7pm at Tesco Southport to raise awareness & funds for MS Trust Richard would like to take this opportunity to thank Tesco Southport and Marshside Health Club for supplying him with a gym bike. MS awareness week starts 28th April. ABOVE: Richard at 9:00am had already done 25 miles! Richard also plans to do a 100 miles London – Surrey televised bike ride in August. Our 7 year journey – Living with MS & supporting MS Trust We were what people would say a normal family 2 children, Stephanie our daughter 18yrs old leaving to go to university & Sean our son living at home 20 yrs old working full time Carol & I both working with long established companies (Superdrug & Arriva North West ) we were enjoying going on holidays & socialising through work & friends. Carol was diagnosed with MS 9 years ago in 2005, 44 years old. For the first few months like most people we had to adjust, asking ourselves just what does this mean to us. For the first couple of years MS did not mean a lot – Carol was getting tired quicker and we were going through the feelings of wondering what was going to happen. In the second year she had two bad relapses, thankfully recovering quickly within 6 weeks. A year later she had another relapse which brought home to us that things would certainly change in our lives. Carol found she would tire very quickly. Once, coming back from a holiday, we discussed whether we would take this sort of holiday again. I started fundraising in October 2008 & I did my first challenge in the Sahara in February 2009, quickly followed by a China trek in Oct 2009. Since then I have trekked or cycled, at times with friends, over 4 continents: Trekked across the Sahara in 2009 Walked the Great Wall of China in 2009 Trekked Machu Picchu in Peru in 2010 Cycled Blackpool to Paris in 2011 Cycled Coast to Coast twice in 2011 and 2012 Cycled in India in 2012Sahara Trekking in heat up 120 F ensuring fluids are taken regularly & dealing with sandstorms sharing a tent with 6 people over 7 nights enables people to bond & share life’s experiencesOne night we were warned about the storm at 01.00 it started & nearly blowing our tent away, the tent next to ours had collapsed earlier lucky our neighbours had moved to the big tent for more cover this reminded us we were in the middle of the desert dealing with all elements of nature The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC these later joined together and made bigger and stronger, are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China I was surprised how much the wall wound around the landscape and the amount of steps, one day I was stood there and took in the ambience realising just how old the wall was and how many people must have walked my steps previously also understanding why this was one of the Wonders of the World. I shared a room & had a couple of games of cards made friends from Glasgow working on my inter country relationships Machu Picchu lies in the southern hemisphere, 13.164 degrees south of the equator. It is 80 kilometres northwest of Cusco, on the crest of the mountain Machu Picchu, located about 2,430 metres (7,970 feet) above mean sea level, over 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) lower than Cusco, which has an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft). The Incas built the estate around 1450, but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of what the structures originally looked like. The restoration work continues to this day. Since the site was not known to the Spanish during their conquest, it is highly significant as a relatively intact cultural site. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll. On arriving in Peru our first challenge was dealing with the altitude it hit you as soon as we got to the hotel on the first day just walking up the stairs with our luggage left you out of breath. The next morning up at 4am to start our short coach trip, then start our trek along the trail camping out for 7 nights. I shared a tent with Mike from the Isle of Man. Our challenge over the next few days was dealing with a light head due to altitude & keeping our kit dry Blackpool to London to Paris – 3 Towers I hung my boots up and took to the bike Pete & I signed up to do London to Paris & thought let us forget getting the train we will ride down and meet up with 30 other cyclists we did 600 miles in 8 days the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London, England. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison from 1100 although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. There were several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. The general layout established by the late 13th century remains despite later activity on the site. The Tower of London has played a prominent role in English history. It was besieged several times and controlling it has been important to controlling the country. The Tower has served variously as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public records office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. From the early 14th century until the reign of Charles II, a procession would be led from the Tower to Westminster Abbey on the coronation of a monarch The Eiffel Tower was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.98 million people ascended it in 2011 The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010. The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall about the same height as an 81-storey building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest human-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building In New York City was built in 1930. Because of the addition of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 5.2 metres (17 ft).. Coast to Coast 2011 Our first of two rides across the UK St Bees to Robin Hood Bay India 2012 Agra the former capital of Hindustan, is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna. With a population of 1,686,976 (2010 est.), it is one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh and the 19th most populous in India. Agra can also refer to the administrative district that has its headquarters in Agra city. It is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Tāj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Agra is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, along with Delhi and Jaipur We set off from Agra after visiting the famous building Taj Mahai with a 400K ride to Jaipur taking in some wonderful sights along the way also trying to avoid other road users – the first rule in India there are no rules on the road. Coast to Coast to Coast 2013 Having done it one way why not do there & back to see how far it is – 297 miles in 3 days Inspire seems to be a common word used these days – but over the last few years I have had some tremendous experiences & have met some very inspiring people. I have made a lot of friends who I have trekked or cycled with along the journey, Someday I will sit down & work out the mileage covered around the world but before then I have a few more challenges planned and funds to raise. This year I plan to do a 12 hour cycling challenge at our local Tesco’s store to raise awareness and funds, in August I have signed up to do the London – Surrey 100 miles This challenge will be dedicated to Past / Current / Future Past – to my brother who I sadly lost unexpected last year taken from us at 46 years old due to an heart attack Current – to Carol an MS sufferer who supports & encourages me to continue to raise awareness & funds & her attitude inspires me to do an extra mile Future – to our expected new born 1st Grandchild who is due early August in South Korea I am often asked why do all these events, my answer when things happen in your life & you experience a life changing event you appreciate your health and the small things in your life do matter and if I can change somebodies attitude or raise awareness to others or if some funds that go towards research and someday a drug can be achieved it would mean everything to us Since being aware of MS over the last 9 years sufferers in the UK have gone up from 75,000 to 100,000 I never started off with a target so far over the last 7 years I have raised just over £70,000 & I want to continue to raise funds and attempt at least the same amount as sufferers in the UK If anyone would like to sponsor me please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RickHLondon2014 If anyone wants to find out further information please visit www.mstrust.org Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. 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