Rise, Fall
Rise, Fall
Heels Down
On the Ball
Legs Pumping
Up and Down
Pedals Going
Round and Round
Joints and Muscles
Working Together
Do not Care
About the Weather
In Morning Air
They Start to Steam
On this Hybrid
Human Machine
Now 5 Miles Out
They Start to Sing
Sitting On This
Wonderous Thing
With Pure Intention
2 Wheeled Invention
Out From Home
Then Back Again
Thinking Only
Of the Gain
Then Trying to Walk
On Legs of Jelly
Soaked in Sweat
And Slightly Smelly
Hot Shower and Soap
With Rest to Follow
The Same Again
Or More

© Chris Leaper

The above poem is by my son Chris about his training for the Nightrider Charity Cycle Ride on May 8th. He is taking part to raise money for the UK Mental Health Charity ‘Mind’. Chris has been blogging (under a pseudonym)about the event, the charity and his preparation on his blog ‘Hats Off to the Insane’ where you will find links to his Virgin Money Giving page should you wish to sponsor him.


The Charity

hats off to the insane

Mind, the Metnal Health Charity
Mind is a UK charity for mental health that provides advice and support services which aim to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem to find the help they need. They also campaign tirelessly to improve the existing support and services available, to raise public awareness and to promote understanding, especially in the workplace.

Mind helps individuals to understand their condition and the choices available to them by providing clear and informative support and guidance through services such as:

  • An Infoline which offers callers confidential help for the price of a local call.
  • A Legal Advice Service which provides information on mental health related law to the public, service users, family members/carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates.
  • Award-winning publications and website, now certified by the Information Standard.

Mind also provides help and support directly to those who need it most through their network of more than…

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“Nightrider™ – a unique 100km moonlit ride past London’s iconic landmarks. Aiming to raise £2.5 million in 1 night!”

nightrider logo

My son has signed up to take part in this event, which takes place on 8th June 2013. The aim of the event is to raise money for a various charities and participants may choose which charity to support. He has chosen to support the Mental Health charity ‘Mind’.

He will be recording his preparations and training on his blog Hats Off To The Insane.  Here you will also find more information about the event, including links to the charity ‘Mind’ and to his Virgin Money Giving page should you wish to sponsor him or make a donation. You may also enjoy reading some of his poetry and other items on the blog – see also the link in the sidebar, under ‘Poetry’.

To visit the official website of the Nightrider event click here.

Site content copyright of Elizabeth Leaper (Libby).

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