Well, 75 year old Pensioner Alan's Challenge to ride all 19 of the Peak District Enduros (horrendous downhill Mountain Bike Rides), has hit a bit of a stumbling block .... quite literally ! Unfortunately after Saturday's ride was completed Alan had a dust up with a delivery van on his way back to the car park. Below we have some video of Alan on the trails and also the sorry accident which has incapacitated Alan for the foreseeable future. At this point Alan had completed 11 of the rides notching up an impressive 285 km in his bid to raise funds for local community agencies .... he does intend to continue but when you see the footage you will realise this might not be for some considerable time ! Clearly it is safer on the trails than it is on the roads !
Of course, Alan being Alan is determined that this isn't the end of his endeavours. Don't forget that he has completed 11 out of the 19 rides comprising the challenge and covered an immense amount of ground in his fundraising efforts.
Although Alan himself is needing support from Buxton Street by Street rather than vice versa (not to mention the Zimmer Frame which he is currently using to get around his home), he is determined that the fund raising will continue. Over the coming weeks, months - however long in takes to heal and get fit again, we will document Alan's recovery with a daily diary and regular facebook posts and he will eventually do the remaining eight rides.
The community organisations that Alan is raising money for still need our help. Alan, despite his injuries is determined to continue to do all he can.
Let's help Alan keep this going and give all we can to ensure that Connex and Buxton Street by Street can continue to help people in need in the midst of the Covid 19 Pandemic and beyond.
The wonderful Buxton Billerettes have given an incredibly generous donation of £500 towards the cause, seen here presenting the cheque to Alan in person. Thank you so much to them and to everyone who has already contributed to Alan's Challenge.