Say hello to the Cyclists
Say hello to Ashley, Lisa and Paul who later this year will cycle 1250 miles from John o’Groats to Land’s End in aid of the charity, OCD-UK. In their own words, this is why they are getting involved, spending much of the year to train and giving up three weeks in August for people with OCD.
Occupation: Chief executive of OCD-UK.
Location: Based in rural East Sussex, perfect cycling country.
Dr Lisa Marnell
Occupation: Teacher of mathematics.
Prof Paul Salkovskis
Aged: Still in his fifties. Just.
Occupation: Professor of psychology.
Location: Bath, but grew up in the borders of Scotland.
This will be the second long distance cycle ride I have done with and for OCD-UK. There are several motivations for me. I originally thought that I couldn’t do such a long bike ride (I wasn’t even a cyclist at that time), and then decided that I b****y well should, as I am constantly asking people to do things which they feel they can’t do! The idea of the day after day slog reminded me of the day after day slog people with OCD have to endure, but that with every slog if its towards an achievable (if faraway) goal, then there is satisfaction in progress. Also, my experience was that, although tough at times, anticipation of tackling it (training and the big ride) was always worse that actually doing it. That also reminded me of the experience of people who set out to beat their OCD one day at a time.
Which takes me to another reason; there were so many brilliant moments meeting people on the journey, including people with OCD but also people who wanted to know about it, people on bikes and off. We did some awareness sessions last time, but I’m determined we will do a lot more this year. I benefited from (and was at times humbled by) the stories I heard.
This time we are going to do more awareness activities including meetings, formal and informal, media and so on. That’s of course why we are doing it “the long way”, zig-zagging to take in places where we can meet people with personal experience of OCD. I don’t think we met enough therapists and mental health professionals last time. People who are supposed to work with those who have OCD all too often simply don’t understand, and inappropriately pessimistic and simply don’t know enough about it. This has to change, and that’s part of my reason for reaching out on the ride to my colleagues.
And then there’s the fundraising: OCD-UK does a great job, and needs funding to continue its work, so many reasons why I will Ride4OCD.