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THE LONG PUSH 2012 is sponsored by...

THE LONG PUSH has been sponsored and supported by the following companies and individuals...

BIG WOODY'S SKATEBOARD SHOP : DC SHOES : ORANGATANG WHEELS/J&R SPORTS : SPORTING SAILS : SKATEFURTHER :

WOODY & DRE (BIG WOODY'S): MARK ROBINSON (OBAS UK): KYLE CHIN(LOADED BOARDS) : RICHARD BIRCHWOOD (J&R SPORTS): BILLY & NICK SMITH (SPORTING SAILS) JULIET & THE STAFF OF TESCO EXPRESS, ALBERT ROAD, SOUTHPORT :

If you would like to sponsor me on my journeys, please contact me at the_long_push@btinternet.com

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Sunday, 4 December 2011

So, I had this idea...

Welcome to this, the first post in my blog for The Long Push 2012 - Longboarding for Autism Awareness.

So, I had this idea, to do a bike ride for an autism charity, following my girlfriend's son being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) a little over 12 months ago, at age 11. We've experienced first hand the difficulties that a late diagnosis of ASD can have, and appreciate all the support we have had, but I felt I wanted to try and give something back. A bike ride seemed the best option, but then I thought..."Nah, everyone does bike rides. What about....a longboard journey?" So, I started to think about where I might ride to and from and I've now got a draft route in my head, (or is that just a 'daft' route in my head?) but I won't give you the detail of that just yet.

My plan is to write a blog entry each week, or whenever I have something to write, on the lead up to the ride, which will be in September or October 2012. Exact date will depend on the weather at the time. I need two or three dry days. There is also a Long Push 2012 Facebook page and Youtube channel. Links to those will come once I start to populate them.

So here we are in the beginning of December 2011. Not a great time to start training for the ride, as over here in the UK, once winter hits, the pavements take AGES to dry out! Not to mention that it's just been hail-stoning and snow is predicted this week! So I actually started to make some vids for the Youtube channel, but then my trusty old Nokia N95 that I was using to film the vids just...stopped working, before I'd uploaded the vids. So I have to start again! Bugger!

If all goes as I'm planning, I'll be skating each section separately, in order, over the coming months to check the surfaces, the distances of each section, how long it takes to complete each section and which set-up works best. This will also hopefully help me to generate interest, donations and/or sponsorship for the ride along the way, before I tackle the full 100 mile trip itself. 

I'll be documenting some of the training rides on video along the way, but over winter,
some of the vids may just be about the planning, or may even be drives of the route in the car.
I fear I may be the dullest presenter ever on Youtube! But hopefully some friends will help me spice things up a bit and make them a bit more interesting.

I hope some of you will want to follow my progress and take an interest in the charity I'm doing the ride for, which I'll tell you more about soon.

Till next time...



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