Young family cycling for charity: Sat 8 Sep

Robert and Michaela set off on last year's churches-ride (Sept 2011)

Robert and Michaela set off on last year’s churches-ride (Sept 2011)

Robert and other members of the Young family will be taking to their bikes to ride the lanes of Kent visiting a number of Kent Churches on Saturday 8 September. At the moment the plan is to start at Charing Heath and from there go onto Lenham, Harrietsham and Boughton Malherbe before visiting the other churches within the G7 which would give a total of 12 churches but plans may change by next Saturday!! In past years, we have been down to Headcorn, up across the downs to Faversham and around Ashford. One year Robert & Julie on the tandem managed 25 churches covering some 50 miles to do this. With the children Robert took to undertaking a circuit of most of the G7 with each daughter in turn on a “tag-along” attached to his solo but now they are older they have their own bikes.

I attach a picture of myself and Michaela setting off on the ride last year. This year for the first part of the ride Michaela hopes to come on the back of the Tandem with Michelle on her solo bike, although at some point they may swap. Julie will hopefully join us later in the day either on her solo or ride the tandem with Robert. As Friends of Kent Churches is registered with the Just Giving site, I have created a page so anyone who wishes may sponsor us online – the web address is – Although sponsorship forms have not arrived I have downloaded one so anyone who wishes to sponsor the “old fashioned” way may do so.

I am hoping that my legs will have recovered from running the Charing 10k yesterday but managed last year so should be fine and as many years ago while living and working in London I cycled to work, my cycling muscles are stronger than the running ones! The Charing 10k organised by Charing Primary School with the event managed by a professional running event business but with the school providing the marshals for the event. I do not know how much the school raised yesterday from their share of the runner’s entry fees and from the sale of tea and cakes but in past years the event has raised around £1,000 which helps the school in many ways and is a good sum from this morning event. I am not a club runner but run a 10k event each year but with lack of preparation this year was 4 minutes slower than last year coming in last in 1 hour 18 minutes – as I told the course director who ran the last part of this with me given that I was last, I had to finish as I was being sponsored for Cancer Research – anyone who wishes to also support this cause may do so using the following link –