Knowing that my motivation is stronger when focusing on others' needs, I decided to work towards a charity fitness challenge. As an avid reader, I had been reading "Missing Persons" by Nicci Gerard (Penguin, 2012) which explores the emotional upheaval brought about when a family member disappears. Gerard was able to convey the helplessness and constant weeping wound-type emotions with such poignancy that i was really touched.
In my work as a criminal defence solicitor, I come across missing youngsters and encourage them to get a message home but this was the first time I had considered the other side of the situation. By coincidence, I saw the Missing Person Cycle Challenge advertised on Twitter and had no hesitation in signing up.
I am a complete novice at cycling and under no illusions that it will present a real challenge both physically and logistically in fitting all the training in but if Nicci Gerard has only captured a small proportion of the support required by these families, it will be time well spent.”