Chas Shale, Manufacturing Director Designate at GTK, has a good number of cycling miles under his belt from a few years ago, but since the arrival of his son, Henry, has only managed to get on his bike two or three times a year until now.

“I used to do a lot of mountain biking when I was younger,” Chas said. “I cycled from Land's End to John O’Groats in 2006 and completed the London to Brighton Bike ride as part of the GTK team in 2009 and 2010.

“My training is going quite well at the moment. So far, my wife Tilly and I have been doing fairly short rides and I tend to take Henry on the back of my bike, so I’m training with ballast! I’ve also been doing some turbo-training to improve my cardio fitness. Since Henry came on the scene, time is much more of an issue: we either have to take him with us or we can’t go out and train. We have a few weekend rides planned, pushing up in five mile increments every week. The weekend before the event we should be at 40 miles. From there, the extra 14 miles on event day shouldn’t be too difficult!

“Having done this sort of thing before, I’m pretty relaxed and don’t feel the need for any sort of formal tracking. I’ve got a reasonable understanding of what I can manage; and Tilly and I check how we feel after a ride, and how much our legs ache the day afterwards! Tilly completed a 37-mile event the other weekend, so she’s doing pretty well. I was babysitting Henry while she was training so she is now ahead of me.

“It’s been a while since I’ve had a physical challenge and I feel I have been getting less and less fit as time goes on, so it’s good to get back in the saddle and actually have a reason to get out and about. We are cycling for an incredibly good cause, saving a young child. I can’t imagine how hard it has been for Rob’s family, so it feels good to be supporting them and others in their situation.”

Our team is cycling from London to Brighton for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity because of the amazing support given to Lily-May Betts.  Read more about her story and help with our fundraising efforts on our JustGiving page: