Pat Armstrong, Chief Executive of ACOSVO and one of the cyclists who embarked upon the 350km 6 day Cycle Nepal challenge in November, has provided us with a first-hand account of the challenge and her most memorable moments.
"When I first thought about taking part in this challenge, I was looking for something that would give me a sense of achievement and adventure but would also make a difference to people’s lives. The two elements of going back to Nepal, and supporting developments in palliative care, both resonated with me.
So did it hit the mark? It certainly did. Firstly, it was one of the most challenging things I have ever done – both physically and technically. I’m not a mountain-biker and one of my biggest worries was how I would cope with the bikes and the rugged terrain. Surprisingly, I found I loved it – although it did take a leap of faith to “let the bike find its own route” as our leader suggested. The huge hills, big distances, encroaching darkness and crazy traffic all added to the challenge and to the adventure.
But it was a blast! It was an amazing group of people. When you are thrown into a situation that challenges you, bonds form quickly and the support the group gave was invaluable – and helped us all make it through when we thought we could go no further. I still can’t believe how much we laughed, danced, shared, and looked after each other– all while sometimes totally exhausted and aching all over.
I learned a huge amount, had a great sense of achievement to complete it, increased my fitness level, made a load of new friends, made a difference to an important project – and had a great time into the bargain. What’s not too love.
Huge thanks to EMMS for giving me the opportunity and managing it so well."
Thanks to Pat and the rest of the Cycle Nepal team, their amazing fundraising efforts and your support and encouragement along the way!