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Danny's training for the Norwich 100 gets underway

Earlier this month we reported how KTIB team member Danny Hawkins plans to join the Norwich 100 bike ride to help raise funds for the British Heart Foundation and KTIB's 'Build a School' initiative.

Since that time Danny has increased his training regime and now cycles to work three times a week instead of two. During March, as a test run for the 100 Danny also took part in his first organised event, the Hethersett 30/60. In his own words Danny reports on his progress:

"Having previously only cycled to work and back twice a week (5 miles each way) completing the 60 miles of the Hethersett 30/60 was always going to be a bit of a challenge.

My start time was 9:10 and I was in the last batch of riders taking part in the 60 mile route. During the first 5-10 miles I kept good pace with my group but felt that I could go faster so decided to hunt down the group ahead of me. Soon 25 miles was clocked up and I was loving every minute of it. Reaching the 30 mile mark before 11am I achieved one of my personal goals, to complete the first lap before the 30 mile group had started.

As AM turned to PM the weather deteriorated and so did the riders in my group. I soon found myself riding for long periods on my own with only myself to set the pace. By the time the 50 mile mark was achieved all I had was 'Chase and Status 'on my IPod keeping me going.

Determined not to drop off the pace I pushed on despite cramp in my calf and a sore knee. My finishing time was 3hrs and 33mins having completed the second 30 miles quicker than the first.

Although this wasn't a race the organisers had a good idea on the numbers who had finished and it was very pleasing to know that out of just under 100 people who took on the 60 miles I was in the top 25."

Here at KTIB we are all very proud of Danny and are fully supporting his efforts, not only to complete the Norwich 100 but also to raise as much as possible for the BHF and KTIB's 'Build a School' initiative.

If you would like to help sponsor Danny's ride for the Norwich 100 please email him direct at daniel.hawkins@knowldentitlow.com

Published 2nd April 2012

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