Monday, 26 September 2016

September's Newsletter

Hello everyone!

September has been a busy month for us folks at CFH Docmail.  We’ve celebrated Cycle to Work Day, racking up 280 miles and making £556 for Cyclists Against Cancer in the process, we’ve met the delightful Treesa Green in all her finery at the Bath Film Festival and we’ve followed with excitement (and no envy!) the journey of James Dowding as he cycled the length of Britain.  Finally, we are finishing this week on quite the high note with a Macmillan Coffee Morning.   I think we all need a cake and cuppa to see out September!

However, my personal favourite story of the month has been the tale of Louise and Steve from the contracts team becoming velopost cyclists for the day!  Here is a little about Louise’s experience: 

As part of cross product training, we were asked if we would like to attend ‘a day in the life of a Velopost cyclist’, which I happily accepted. As the day approached the excitement was replaced by fear (Bath is very hilly)! I met Phil at the Bath Velopost site and he showed me around, we sorted some letters and arranged our route for the day! Then we set off... up a massive hill (I thought I would have to get off and push) but I struggled up slowly under the close supervision of Phil. Throughout the day we successfully delivered 147 letters and I didn’t get chased by any dogs! The day showed me the difficulties that the Velopost riders face, such as houses having names rather than numbers making them harder to find, access to flats, road traffic and obviously the physical side of it. Having spent the day as a Velopost rider it has completely changed the way I think and has turned a negative into a positive. I would recommend anyone to spend a day as a Velopost rider so they can see a different side to it. Thank you to Phil Smisson and Phil Thompson!"

And in the outside world, we’ve reading:

The loneliness of the middle-distance runner

This year we have rallied a team of 22 people to run the Bath Half next March, in support of the RUH ‘Forever Friends Appeal’.

Here we have Jeremy Field (Business Development Manager from our Radstock Site) with a few words on the subject.

I’m quite fit and I should be a natural runner because I have long legs, but I’ve never really understood it as a sport. I like cycling because you get to explore and see interesting things. Running is slow by comparison... looking at the same road signs for minutes on end... it’s quite boring!

But there are some things that I do like about running. I like not having to prepare any equipment or plan routes, being able to put on shorts and t-shirt and go. I like being able to wear headphones, not having to worry about the traffic as I do when cycling. I like being able to get a good workout in only 30 minutes.

So I’ve signed up for the Bath Half 2017. This will actually be my second attempt. I ran it in 2014 with the CFH team but I didn’t do any training and I was quite slow and just happy to finish it in one piece! This time I have got six months to train so I will set a time goal. I can’t say what that goal is yet because I haven’t done any training - who knows how fast I will be?

Finally, a nice note to finish on.  Here is a cracking shot of the Board of Directors against the ever popular living wall.

Wishing you all a lovely start to October.  

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