After 2,100 miles and 35 days of cycling, Association Vice President Paul Griffiths has finished his marathon challenge to cycle to every police HQ in England and Wales.
His epic journey raised £4,182 for National Police Memorial Day.
Here’s his final blog, covering the last leg from his home force Gwent Police to the venue for NPMD 2017 in Cardiff:
Day 35 (23/09) – Gwent Police to St Davids Centre Cardiff
I was joined on this final day by DCC Matt Jukes from South Wales Police and Marc Budden and Ian Roberts from my own force of Gwent.
This was a short ride of 18 miles to the finish line and the chequered flag.
We cycled into Caerleon and then onto Newport, passing the iconic Transporter Bridge. Before long we had picked up the Coast Road which flows all the way into Cardiff.
This is a quiet, flat and fast road and our pace reflected that. Before long we were riding with the traffic into Cardiff City Centre and arrived at St David’s Hall – the end!
Final words from the cycling blog…..
I set off from St David’s Hall on the 27th January, determined to cycle to the headquarters of the 46 forces that our Association supports
It has taken me 35 days and I have covered a distance of 2100 miles. I have spent 190 hours in the saddle but only suffered 60 minutes of rainfall.
I didn’t escape all that the weather can provide – getting frozen with -5c temperatures in North Wales and getting sunburnt on other legs…
…I also endured gale force winds in Cheshire and will always be grateful to the four Cheshire Police cyclists who ‘built a wall’ in front of me.
I have had six punctures and three falls – unlucky on gravel, unlucky on a kerb and a case of human stupidity when combining stopping, pedal clips and gravity.
I cycled over Snowdonia, The Shap in the Lake District and over the Pennines – these were the moments I wished I worked for Netherlands Police!
I turned up in Cleveland looking like I had followed a muck spreader for 30 miles.
I arrived at three Postal Sorting Offices rather than Police Headquarters – which was a little demoralising to say the least!
In Leicester, I stood in Lycra front of 250 women to ‘say a few words’ about the charity – a little embarrassing to say the least!
I cycled with two of Keith Palmer’s colleagues and paid tribute to his life at Parliament.
I rode the TT Course of the Isle of Man, which takes a motorbike 17 minutes to complete – I was a little longer
I have ridden with cyclists who had bikes worth more than my car and one cyclist who hadn’t ridden for twenty years and borrowed a bike 30 minutes before joining me for the day!
As with all these challenges, it is the people that make the experience. Thank you
Finally – thank you for those who donated to the charity that supports the National Police Memorial Day in helping raise £4,182 – it is really appreciated!
Now I just need to think what I might do as a challenge next year…..