Matt and friends complete London to Brighton (December 2017)

Anyone going into treatment probably feels they’ve lost a bit of the fitness they once had, and try to make up for it when they complete.   But few get “back in the saddle” as enthusiastically as Matt and his mates in Team Mount Carmel as they tackled the 54 miles from London to Brighton.


Here’s the story in Matt’s own words:

Ok so I thought of the idea of doing the London Brighton back in January, and Tom and Darren were quick and eager to join in. 


We all loved to cycle and Darren and I had done it separately many years ago.  The training mostly took the form of our regular daily cycling to meetings, work etc but as the day neared we did a couple of 30+ milers. 

We were able to reference our personal challenges and the help we received from Mount Carmel

Raising money for charity had been one of our motivations and our places in the race obliged us to raise a minimum of £250 each for the British Heart Foundation.  We were automatically set up a JustGiving page for the sole aim of raising money for the BHF but we were able, in the personal description, to reference our personal challenges and the help we received at Mount Carmel.  Visitors to the JG site therefore were invited to visit the MC site and the donating link.  (see

Team Mount Carmel raised around £1,400 between us which amazed all three of us.  We had donations from friends from Japan to the US, Yorkshire to Cornwall. 

Darren would have happily cycled back to London

I think Tom won't mind me saying that he and I found the ride pretty tough.  I especially struggled on mile 50 onward.  Darren however, would have happily cycled back to London!

It turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year, easily 30°C.  I read afterwards that the road temperature had been measured at 45°C.

Upon our arrival at the south coast (and the finish line!) the three of us jumped, fully clothed, into the water.  At that moment it felt like the best patch of sea anywhere in the world. 

Would we do it again?  Absolutely!

Would we do it again? Absolutely! Although easier said than done, I think I speak for all of us when I say that our friendships with each other grew deeper that day and just being able to consider undertaking something like that was, in a way, representative of our own journeys of recovery.



Matt and friends complete London to Brighton