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Superhero Adrian keeps the wheels turning for Amaze

For those of you who may not have seen our stories on social media, we once again have to celebrate Brighton dad, Adrian Elkin, who managed to raise over £2500 for Amaze during lockdown.

Adrian, father to two autistic boys and a member of our Face2Face Dads Group, raised the money from sponsors by cycling over 100 miles of the South Downs Way in the early August heatwave.

Pre-Covid, Adrian had been due to take part in the BM Ride (part of Brighton Marathon) with other Amaze dads. But when it was cancelled, rather than losing heart, Adrian decided to push his endurance training further by signing up for the 100km South Downs Century Challenge. Having something to train for helped Adrian to cope with uncertainty about his job and the disappearance of the respite support he normally had for his child with complex needs.

Mountain biking is great therapy for the challenges that life throws at us; stress, anxiety, depression and bereavement.

In the end, the South Downs Century still wasn’t challenging enough. Once he’d completed the  gruelling 100km bike ride from Winchester to Beeding Hill in 35 degree heat, he decided to carry on to Eastbourne, attempting the full South Downs Way in just one day!  “I wanted to do something that would make people take notice,” says Adrian.

The extra 40 miles was no picnic. As well as the temperature, he had to deal with many more steep ascents and descents and rough flint or chalk paths and Adrian says he “hit a wall” at Cissbury. But, with encouragement from family and friends and fuelled by jelly babies he found the strength to ride on into the night at times with no lights, finishing at midnight.

Adrian has raised over £2,500 for Amaze and our Dads Group, which is truly inspirational in these challenging times. You can still donate to Adrian here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AdrianElkin or to us via the donations button at the top of this page.

Could you raise money for Amaze?

You don’t have to show Adrian’s extraordinary levels of endurance, but if this motivates you to get involved in fundraising in anyway, check out our fundraising page or contact nickyb@amazesussex.org.uk

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