MS Trust supporter Andrew Parkes shares his experience of taking part in the MS Circuit Challenge at Goodwood.
This was my second year taking part in the MS Trust’s cycle race at Goodwood and I knocked 20 mins off my time – 2hrs 15mins to beat next year then! I support the event for several reasons and it has been great fun to attend with my family and friends. My younger brother suffers with secondary progressive MS so I like to try and do something for an MS charity each year.
I enjoy cycling, mainly mountain biking, and classic cars in my spare time. Having cycled round the Nurburgring, Isle of Man TT course and Northwest 200 course, the Goodwood Motor Circuit seemed perfect to add to the list.
The day is a personal challenge and also fun for the kids. It takes about 1 1/2 hrs to travel down from where I live near Watford. If the weather is good, as it has been for the last few years, then the venue is just a spectacular treat to play in. It is also very accessible enabling all to get around with the minimum of fuss.
Friends that I have taken with me to the event have had a great time. The relaxed, safe atmosphere meant they enjoyed the venue. I think most took it for granted that Spitfires and Mustangs were taking off and landing while we were there – a great spectacle.
The afternoon lap ‘by any means’ is great fun and certainly an enjoyable time with the children, animals, various modes of transport and smiling people taking some exercise. My favoured means has been a skateboard being towed by a trail hound dog! We enjoyed the picnic before and after on the grass and the cakes on sale!
Thank you Kenny Smith and Lord March for making the venue accessible to the MS Trust. I think that with cycling on the up and with a little marketing the event will grow and grow and hopefully raise more and more for the MS Trust.