Year of the Fun Walk 2019—Virtual Cycle Live 2019 (June)
My Year of the Fun Walk run for June wasn’t actually a walk or a run at all.
My non run-walk for June was Virtual Cycle Live 2019 and I chose to do a virtual cycle instead of a run or walk as I was having some issues with my foot to the point it was being investigated, so I felt it was best to avoid fun walking/running, however I wanted to keep up my Year of the Fun Walk challenge. Even though it wasn’t a walk and technically broke my own rules, I felt Virtual Cycle Live 2019 was the perfect opportunity.
According to the Virtual Runner UK website, Virtual Cycle Live 2019 came about as Virtual Runner UK teamed up with Cycle Live to offer participants a very special virtual race with a limited edition themed medal. With Virtual Cycle Live 2019, participants had the options of completing a 25, 50, 75, 100 or 125 mile (40.23km, 80.46km, 120.7km, 160.93km and 201.16km respectively) bike ride between 23 to 30 June 2019. After getting clarification from the organisers on whether I could complete the challenge on a stationary bike, I went ahead and signed up to complete the 25 mile distance.
According to its Facebook page, the mission of Cycle Live Nottingham is to “bring the wonderful sport of cycling to Nottingham for all of the local community and wider to enjoy.” Cycle Live Nottingham was held on Sunday 23 June 2019. The entry fee for Virtual Cycle Live 2019 was donated to Nottingham Hospitals Charity. According to their Facebook page, Nottingham Hospitals Charity exists to “support the extraordinary patients, families and staff at the City Hospital, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham Children’s Hospital, Hayward House Hospice and Ropewalk Hearing Centre.”
This was my first virtual cycle challenge and I completed it on Sunday 30 June 2019. A picture of my medal and the bib Virtual Runner UK gave me (which I again forgot to wear) can be found below.