Time is catching up and I am starting to feel very nervous. I don't think I am alone. The Pearson 150 training ride from Sutton to Brighton and back this sunday is going to be very telling. Just half the distance of London to Paris and already feeling quite daunting.
Sponsorship is going really well. Including the money won on TV and some match funding promised by some of the riders' employers (thanks Google, et al) we have already raised over £100,000! I'm hopeful that the weekend of the ride itself will generate enough interest in social media and on TV to bring in much more.
We have set up a page on JustGiving HERE and you can donate £5 to this by text message simply by texting FOUR88 £5 to 70070
The bad news is that my partner in crime Jon Snow has had to drop out - a domestic diary clash means he can't make it. However the good news is that Terry Burns (or Lord Burns of Pitshanger, as I should call him), Chairman of Channel 4, has decided to join us. This has given me great hope of having somebody to ride alongside me. And I am not embarrassed at all by the fact Terry is 25 years older than me! So as not to wear himself out completely Terry is going to relay the journey, with David Abraham, the Channel 4 CEO, stepping in to share the burden. A brilliant level of support from the bosses for which I am very grateful.
A few of us gathered at Pearsons tonight to compare notes and swap maps...