When I decided to cycle across America I knew I’d need plenty of time to fundraise, plan logistics, and get fit. I gave myself two years, setting off in Spring 2020. Naturally, I needed something to keep momentum going and for some reason I decided that running a marathon would be that thing. I’m delighted to … More The toughest run
There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that my ride from New York to San Francisco will be done on my trusty Specialised Tricross. I originally bought this bike from Certini’s in Saltash back in 2006 before I first cycled LEJOG and since then it’s carried me on 2500 miles and £10,000 of … More The Bike (part 1)
In 2020 I’ll be cycling across America to raise money for research into MS whilst also talking to as many people as possible about mental health, trying to tackle the stigma which can surround it (read more about this at The first step – announcing #AntonyinAmerica). I’m hoping to raise £20,000 – a significant amount … More Cake Across America
I’m typing these words happy in the knowledge that I won’t be touching my razor for a long, long time. This year, after a bout of depression, I decided to do Movember to raise money for a local mental health charity. But Movember – much as it’s a fantastic initiative – is a bit tame. … More The ultimate movember
Christmas is a time of joy and sharing no matter what religion – if indeed any – you follow. A chance to receive presents from others, to be with loved ones, and to give gifts to others. Tomorrow we’ll be opening the first door of our advent calendars – a daily little treat that is … More Reverse advent
DONATION LINK: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/antonyjcbutcher Over the last few months I’ve been on a bit of a mental health journey, and am now on the road back to recovery. I’m lucky to be supported by an incredible wife and loads of lovely people – and also the lovely NHS (thank goodness for free healthcare – I’m looking … More Hair today, Gone tomorrow*
Over Christmas and the new Year there was a trend – and one I don’t remember seeing in previous years – for people to post their reflections on 2014 as it drew to a close. I didn’t have time to really think about 2014 at the time, but I’ve been reflecting on it ever since. … More Some reflections on 2014 and fundraising
Ok, so this is it. With only 5 days before jumping on my bicycle this is the last pre-ride update. Life is currently extremely busy, to the point of serious stress. In 2 days I will be leaving my current job and my current house on the same day (and after 4 years, there is … More 5 days to go!
Crikey. Doesn’t time fly. Luckily, training is going really well. I’ve hit all of my targets for the last month and am now regularly hitting 70 miles. Just today I cycled to Llandudno and back. On the logistics side everything is also hunkey dorey. Every night is sorted and I’m really glad that I haven’t … More 2 weeks to go!
With 3 weeks to go before day 1 of the bike ride everything is beginning more and more real. Long considered logistics are now becoming reality, and if I’m honest it’s all a tad scary. Here are some of my worries, and a few desperate pleas for help. (There is also some elation at having … More HELP!!! (3 weeks to go!)