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The Story of the POD Peddler
On Friday 15th of June, Paul Freeman began his 107 mile journey from Wolverhampton to Aberdovey to raise funds for Nechells POD. Armed with only his bike and his determination to succeed he managed to complete the ride in 7 hours and 30 minutes!
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Here is the distance Paul travelled on his bike all the way from Wolverhampton to Aberdovey, Wales.
Here is his story
Everyone says what a marvellous place the POD is, how wonderfully it helps all ages in the Nechells community , what a difference it makes to peoples lives….. so imagine Nechells without the POD….. no not worth a second thought is it. The POD needs funding though to carry out all its valuable services so this year lots and lots of people have rallied behind me as I rode from Wolverhampton to Aberdovey on the west coast of Wales, a total of 107 miles, all in aid of The POD. I set a target to finish the ride on Friday 15th June….. done, I also set a target to raise £2,000….. so far the total in £1,400 but all the money is not yet in and you can still donate at www.localgiving/fundraising/pod-peddlers/ or just see anyone in the POD office.
So how did the day go? I rose at 5am, slapped on plenty of cream to calm the potential ravages of the day (sun & chaffing!) had a big bowl of porridge, a strong cup of coffee, put the bike on the car and drove to West Park in Wolverhampton. 6:30 soon came and off I went, one of the first of 700 riders who had signed up for the challenge, each supporting their own personal charity. Out through Albrighton I rode, onto Shifnal over Wenlock edge where we rapidly climbed to the highest point on the route, then out to Shrewsbury where at the 31 mile marker we got our first stop and a very sweet doughnut. 18 miles later we arrived at our next stop and a banana, then another 18miles to the lunch stop at Newtown and a wonderful meat pasty and the devastating sight of a McDonald’s closed for refurbishment! Now it was 11am and I’d got 67 miles under my belt and only 40 more to go. After Newtown I was in the beautiful Welsh countryside which is such a pleasure to ride through but to be honest, I was finding the going tough now and my mate Dave, who I’d linked up with on the way, took the lead and psychologically pulled me along for 18 miles to the last major stop and here I downed my Red-bull, my secret fuel source to get me through. 10 more miles to a mini stop where I rapidly downed an energy bar then the final push to Aberdovey and the waiting crowds at the Finish line, 7.5 hrs after my start…… what a day, what a POD……all so worth supporting. The folks of Aberdovey gave such a welcome, the lifeboat supporters made tea and toast, the yacht club served up the pints and their cooks a curry, all of which slipped down very nicely before I lay on the beach and quietly dozed off.
The Nechells POD Team
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