I originally wanted to do LeJog when I had a gap year between leaving school and going to University - over 45 years ago! In the end, I got a job. But having just retired as Director General of the Defence Medical Services, I decided now was the time to fulfil my ambition.
I was introduced to Scar Free through attending a powerful set of presentations about Scar Free’s vital work. Karl Hinett, a veteran, burns survivor, and Scar Free Ambassador spoke at the event about how the Scar Free Foundation had supported him. That speech especially convinced me that I wanted to support such vital work.
Getting ready for the ride was exciting and anxiety-inducing! I thought about doing the ride unsupported, but the logistics felt overwhelming. Instead, I joined Saddle Skedaddle, an international bike touring company with seasoned guides. In the end there were seven cyclists in our group: two Aussies, one Kiwi, one German and three Brits, including me.
As the cycle went on, I was so glad I decided to do a supported tour! Having people around with such diverse life experiences was enriching, and the sense of camaraderie between the guides and the cyclists really helped on those tough climbs.