WWTW’s Longest Day Challenge Q+A with Briony
Next month, across the UK, WWTW supporters will be pushing themselves further than they have gone before to raise money for those who served.
We are introducing you to some of the incredible people who are taking on the challenge in aid of WWTW. First up is Briony.
1. Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background?
Hello, my name is Briony Beattie. I am a disabled woman with Cerebral Palsy that has affected three of my limbs: my right arm and both my legs. I was born and grew up in Zimbabwe, Africa and have now lived in the UK for twenty-two years. I write as part of a healing process whilst also writing a series of books dedicated to all who serve their country.
2. What inspired you to support Walking With The Wounded and take on the Longest Day Challenge?
I have wanted to support and raise awareness by participating in an event for WWTW since 2017. Unfortunately having a physical disability can limit my chances of partaking in an event. The evolution of the digital space during Covid opened up a whole new world to me and now I have the opportunity to take part in an event virtually. When I came across the post for the Longest Day Challenge, I jumped at the opportunity.
3. Can you tell us more about your challenge? Do you have anyone joining you?
By using my Motomed exercise bike I have set myself a distance of 20.5 miles to cycle nonstop starting in Peebles in the Scottish Borders and finishing at the Dreghorn Barracks. I chose this route because I have a goal to raise awareness and funds for veterans by choosing a Barracks for each of my challenges. I will be taking on this challenge alone although I will have family to support me on the day.
4. How are you training for your Longest Day Challenge?
Although I have cycled in virtual events that are much longer, I have not cycled 20.5 miles in a single event and so have no personal best time to go by. I have set aside three training sessions for cycling the full distance nonstop. I have to date completed two of those sessions with a current personal best time of 2hrs 30mins.
5. How can people support your challenge?
I can be found on Twitter and Facebook where I post my updates and link to my GivePenny donation page. By taking on the Longest Day Challenge I can show my support in giving back to veterans and every bit of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.