Nathan Blackaby (CEO Christian Vision for Men) and his brother, Ben Blackaby, will be undertaking an epic grand challenge to raise funds for Christian Vision for Men (CVM) from Monday 13th – Friday 17th September. The brothers will be cycling 400 miles across the widest point of Great Britain in just five days, towing a bathtub on wheels. The event is called ‘biketub’ and is designed to be a seriously tough endurance challenge, with almost 6,000ft climbs on both days one and two alone as they cross the Welsh mountains.
Starting in St Davids, Pembrokeshire at 7 am on Monday 13th September and finishing five days later in Lowestoft, Suffolk, Nathan & Ben Blackaby will complete the gruelling ride on road bikes, taking it in turns to pull the custom-built ‘biketub’ – a full-size bathtub, specially adapted with a steel frame and wheelchair wheels. The brothers will be wearing Batman and Robin outfits, and there will be a special guest in the tub, namely the Joker.
CVM have always encouraged team members to complete at least one personal ‘grand challenge’ to help raise funds (£1,000) to help the work of CVM to continue. Previous challenges have included skipping marathons, long-distance canoeing, and even a 24hr ‘dartathon’. With the COVID pandemic, CVM, like many charities, is facing an even tougher time than usual financially. That is why this challenge is even tougher than usual and even more extreme.
CVM’s CEO, Nathan Blackaby, said, “I remember the first lockdown, sitting in my garden shed thinking about how biketub could be a great endurance event. I hadn’t seen anyone pulling a bathtub on wheels and wondering why not I decided then and there – I would do it… suddenly that time has come… biketub is alive!”
The charity is encouraging anyone who can donate to cheer the team on, to make a contribution at www.justgiving.org.uk/biketub and are very grateful for all support received. Anyone making a donation can get their name or message written on the tub itself, whether for an individual or a charity/organisation
Written By: Nicki Matthews