I think at some stage in our lives we’ve all thought we need to take up a new sport or hobby to help us keep fit, lose weight, and stay active, sometimes these new sports only last a few weeks (I know I didn’t get very far into my couch to 5k quest), Owen on the other hand not only started to cycle back in 2014 for that exact reason, but it has also now turned into a form of transport to get to work at the Royal Berks Hospital and a hobby that has turned into a fundraising challenge.
“I will be cycling the Chiltern Classic which is 91km with over 3000ft of climbing, think big hills in the Oxfordshire Countryside!” The Chilterns Classic event takes cyclists on a ride through small country lanes and quaint English villages, with the Middle route entering into the Chilterns.
“This ride will be my longest to date with the most climbing, and I don’t like hills!! I chose to ride for the RBH Charity as I am so proud to work here for the NHS, I was born at the RBH in ’85 and have always been amazed at the care and compassion everyone who works here treats their patients with! I was very poorly myself in 2018 with Sepsis and was so well looked after and my Husband was ill in 2020 so it’s a way for me to give something back.”
Not only is Owen fitting in training for the Chilterns Classic, he’s also training to be an Assistant Practitioner within the Radiology Department. It’s not just Owen that’s benefitting from his summer cycling challenge as he tells us the Radiology Department now have a group Strava page to keep them all fit!
To support Owen and help raise funds for your local hospitals to ensure that you, your family, friends and members of your community continue to receive the best possible care and experience when you need it, you can visit his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/eowen1085