Week 6 Day 37 – Wednesday 29th April

  • 65 minutes at 150 watts
  • Max heart rate = 154 bpm
  • Calories = 651 (total so far 12678)
  • Distance covered = 23.41 miles
  • Total distance so far = 434.41

And here we are at the start of another week on our great JoGLE challenge – and it certainly was a challenge today as I mounted the bike with such a headache. I’m not sure how I got through the programme but I did and even recorded a small PB! 

My music today was a bit sad with another departed artist – I pedalled off to Amy Winehouse, Back to Black. What a great talent and with us for such a short time. 

I moved on for the second half to Jessie Ware, Glasshouse and I had to smile at Finish What We Started – we absolutely are going to finish this and your comments, suggestions and donations are a real support. Last week donations, including gift aid, topped the £1k mark and we’ve kicked off this week with another £100.

In recent times, Jessie has moved her attention to podcasts with her mum. If you haven’t already listened to them and you are looking for some diversion from the news, do have a listen to her wonderful interviews on Table Manners.

My route today takes a bit of an eastward detour (to avoid the M6) to Longtown – the largest sheep market in England and unfortunately the source of the 2001 foot and mouth crisis. 

From here I continue south again to the outskirts of the cathedral city of Carlisle.

The Romans established a settlement here – primarily to serve the forts on Hadrian’s Wall. In the 12th century, King Henry I allowed the founding of a religious establishment, later making the town a diocese, and thus making the Priory into a Cathedral.

There is also a substantial and well preserved castle here, built in 1092 by William Rufus and which once served as a prison for the unfortunate Mary, Queen of Scots. The castle now houses the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and the Border Regiment Museum.

As the county town for Cumbria, or Cumberland as it used to be known, Carlisle is the administrative and cultural hub for whole county as well as popular destination for those just over the border. 

It seems to be home to all sorts of fairs and cultural events and the nearby Kielder and Kershope Forests have played host to the Pirelli International Rally – it’s going to seem a lot quieter this year!


We have certainly been blessed with fantastic April weather and it’s almost a shame I’ve been doing all my cycling indoors rather than on the actual route – although looking at some of those Scottish mountains and the ups and downs of the Lake District ahead, I’m not so sure! 

The roads may have greatly reduced traffic but it has been good to see so many people taking advantage of furlough or working from home and running and walking probably far more often than previously. And if you can’t get out or don’t want to for whatever reason, there are several online exercise classes you can do at home – and movement really can make you feel better. Mary has been joining Carol’s Cabin Community – very achievable routines and you can go at your pace.

So, if the rain persists – have a look and join in!