For the last three years the Bale Push evening has inspired people to undertake challenges which some folk would consider crazy and others just plain mad!! In 2012 we witnessed the Holywell SLSC 12 hour Bale Push in the Village Hall Playing Field for the Carly Taylor Trust, in 2013 the same group of men pushed the Bale for 24 hours around the Playing field and in 2014 James Bayley decided to undertake an intense challenge of cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End to raise funds and awareness for the MS Trust. However not content with just doing the 10 solo cycle ride he decided to include a bale push on the 9th day after an already long day cycling.
James knew he wanted to do something very special and after rejecting other challenged settled on his cycle ride. He originally had several friends who were going to join him but in the end he went on his own. Many of the people he spoke to about this thought he was absolutely crazy being in mind that James is not a small guy 5’ 11” tall & 18st in weight and used to playing sports such as rugby in the position of a prop forward! He was under no illusions about how tough the challenge was going to be.
The MS Trust is a charity close to his heart as his wife was diagnosed with MS in 2013 after 4 long years of struggling to get answers. After receiving this answer and a little bit of research we could not believe how the treatment and the knowledge of the disease had progressed with constant new developments. Much of this progression would not have been possible without the fundraising which is carried out by many. The money raised does not just provide the funds for research and development but the MS Trust also provides valuable support to those suffering with MS and their families.
Not only has MS affected his family directly but he has met some amazing people who have been touched by this disease one way or another. The main person is my boss and the brain behind the bale push – his late wife being an MS sufferer – he has given me some of the extra support and encouragement needed to carry out this challenge. He knew that there was nothing he can do directly to help his wife other than through support, therefore the best thing he could do is raise awareness and funds to assist the MS Trust to carry on with the fantastic work they already do.
After some months of careful planning, training and preparation James and his support team set off in the van kindly loaned by Dash for Scotland. He started his cycle ride on September 4th and headed homewards. Each day he averaged 100 miles and as planned arrived to a hero’s welcome on the September 12th [Day 9] in Crantock Village.
James then donned a mankini and with his team pushed the Bale around the village!!
The last day of the cycle must have been hard however James completed it in record time. With a supporters and sponsors too many to mention individually, James raised over £4000.
We are waiting to see what this year brings!!!