So we did it! Team Donna Ida cycled from London to Brighton yesterday in support of Jeans for Genes. We battled against the elements: either we were too hot or we had to endure heavy rain and strong winds – and we persevered.

There were 16 of us as we climbed the hills which we also descended at high speed at the other end.

We left Clapham Common around 9am yesterday morning and arrived in Brighton at 6’ish in the evening. I have so many memories which I have captured in my mind, such as seeing the lights of Brighton pier as we approached the seaside as well as the arduous concentration needed to climb Ditchling Beacon: a steep mile long hill that had me counting ‘one potato, two potato …’ to keep me focused on pushing up the hill. I did almost stop when I looked down at the view below and cycled into the kerb but I kept on going, much to the dismay of my limbs.

So far Donna Ida’s Summer of Sport has raised over £9,000 and there is still plenty of time to increase that figure as we countdown to Jeans For Geans Day on 5th October 2012. You might have seen a few celebrities sporting their t-shirts but if you’re not aware of what this charity is all about, click here to take a look at their website.

In the meantime if you’d like to sponsor Donna Ida’s Summer of Sport, here is the link – and of course, please feel free to share it around. Thanks so much in advance and I hope you’re all having a fab Bank Holiday! x