I’m an Olympian … Get Me Out Of Here! cyclists get in gear for charity fundraiser

I'm An Olympian Get Me Out Of Here!
The I'm An Olympian ... Get Me Out Of Here! cyclists prepare to set off on their fundraising mission. Photo via Twitter/lucyphilipson

Middle distance runner, Steve Cram, Olympic decathlete Daley Thompson, BBC & talkSPORT presenter Colin Murray, athlete Allison Curbishley and 10 other cyclists are currently in Kenya for a gruelling four-day charity cycle ride.

Their journey will take them up Kilimanjaro on their way through one of Kenya‘s most remote areas, for their fundraising initiative called “I‘m an Olympian, Get Me Out Of Here!

They are hoping to raise £5,000 for international children‘s charity COCO, which helps provide education opportunities to communities in East Africa.

“Allison and I are really looking forward to starting our new year with a unique challenge in aid of my charity COCO.

“We’ll be joining 10 other keen cyclists, including our fellow Olympian Daley Thompson and BBC colleague Colin Murray on a 160km cycle ride across Maasai land.

“On the route we’ll be visiting one of the remote schools COCO supports, the Maasai academy in Olorte where we’ll officially open a new classroom and enjoy an impromptu sports lesson on the newly laid pitch.

“There’s something special about being able to visit the projects we’re fundraising hard to support. We’d be grateful for any donations and support as we head off on our Kenyan adventure.”

– Steve Cram, Chairman and co-founder of COCO

Steve and Daley are no strangers to competition and they are already competing to see who will finish first.

“The team at COCO have been doing some fantastic work for 15 years and I thought it was about time that I went to see some of that for myself.

“The ride will also give me a chance to show Steve and Colin how a real athlete can perform!”

– Daley Thompson

The night before setting off, the team prepared with some gruelling Daley Thompson inspired pool circuits.

You can donate to I’m An Olympian … Get Me Out Of Here! by visiting their Virgin Money Giving page and you can follow their exploits via the charity’s Twitter account.