Paul Winder's Pan Celtic Challenge Raising Awareness for CALM

We thought we might like to update you about one of our colleagues, Paul Winder, who is going on an epic adventure which starts on the 7th July and is doing it for the benefit of a Charity that is dedicated to male mental health and suicide prevention called CALM (Campaign against Mental Health).  

What is he undertaking, the Pan Celtic Challenge, it is a 1480 mile ride (2380 miles) and climbing over the equivalent of 3.5 Mount Everest’s on two wheels and his legs.

Paul will be carrying his own kit, clothes and sleeping equipment and riding totally unsupported on the inaugural Pan Celtic Race which starts in Inverness, goes North towards Durness, down the West coast of Scotland, over to Belfast, North to Giants Causeway, then South over the Wicklow Mountains, ferry over to Fishguard and then it’s the really hilly bit, up through Wales and Snowdonia to the finish in Llandudno. The route overview can be found here.

How long will this take, well it’s a race, but he hopes to cross the finish by the time the finishing party starts on the 16th July.

We asked Paul what inspired him to take on a challenge like this?

Well, I don’t know, I wanted a challenge, and in November last year, one of the guys from my cycling club posted on social media that him and two others were creating a new race around the Celtic Nations.

I booked it, thinking it is miles away and it will never come around and here it is, just 5 days away!!! It is way out of my comfort zones and though I have done some endurance riding, I have never even contemplated something like this, without support and without company, eating when I can and sleeping wherever I can find somewhere to lie under the stars.

It is a very long way, and I have joked with my friends that doing 150 miles a day minimum in a car would be an unappealing holiday, regardless of how beautiful the scenery is, never mind a bike laden with luggage.

However, it is just riding a bike, and I am doing it for my own personal reasons, but I thought it was a great opportunity to raise some awareness and money for an extraordinary charity that deal with an ever growing problem.

One of the big draws to this is the fact it is actually just me, my bike, my fitness and determination – total freedom and living on my wits, me and nature and a bike and no home comforts (apart from a tin opener) – how may times do you get to do that in this world now?

I have just come back from riding the Grande Tour De Alpes which follows Hannibals trek, so training is good and I am ready – have my midge protector and the rest as they say, is in my hands – me against 55 other slightly mad individuals

If you are a keen cyclist, just interested in following Pauls progress, or would like to donate to the CALM charity, then please check out the following links:

 Good Luck Paul from everyone at Residential Estates, we're with you all the way....


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