Spin, Eat, Give

It can be really hard raising money for charity, especially when it’s not the first time you’ve asked your friends and family to donate. A few years ago I raised over £3500 for MIND when I ran the London Marathon. This summer I’m taking on the Ride 100, and raising funds for the CFTrust (a charity that a friend works for- did you know it’s the most common serious genetic disease in the UK affecting 10,000 people. 1 in 4 people are carriers!) We are only £25 off our target!

Instead of just asking people to donate to this amazing course, Emily and I decided to host an event, and of course we wanted it to be relevant.

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The wonderful people at Boom Cycle donated their studio and an instructor for us to host a spinning class on Sunday morning. We sold tickets for £25 each, for a spot in the class and a free breakfast afterwards. It was so great to get people together for a workout!

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For a few people it was their first ever spinning class, and it certainly wasn’t an easy one. I think it was a little bit of a shock for Tom, he wasn’t expecting to get so sweaty! I don’t think my legs have fully recovered from our 200 miles to Paris yet as my legs were burning right from the outset.

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I made a huge batch of nutty granola to serve with yogurt and berries after the workout. I based my recipe on Deliciously Ella’s Cinnamon Pecan granola.

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Nutty Sultana Granola 

200g pecans

100g almonds

250g rolled oats

50g sunflower seeds

50g pumpkin seeds

50g flax seeds

4tbsp coconut oil

3tbsp maple syrup

2tbsp ground cinnamon

125g sultanas

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Blitz the pecans and almonds together in a food processor until roughly chopped.

2. Stir the nuts together with the oats, flax seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

3. In a small saucepan, melt together the coconut oil with the maple syrup and cinnamon. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and coat the oats completely.

4. Tip the mixture out into a roasting tray and bake for 30 mins, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool completely before stirring the sultanas through your granola mix.

SOO delicious!

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6 Comments

  1. May 12, 2015 / 8:48 am

    Great idea to run this instead of just asking for donations, an awesome amount raised for a worthy cause x

    • charlotte
      May 13, 2015 / 10:57 am

      Thanks Zoe!

  2. May 12, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Such a great idea to put an event on instead of asking for sponsorship all the time. Perfectly themed too, and with breakfast to boot…who would turn that down?! 🙂

    • charlotte
      May 13, 2015 / 10:57 am

      Haha that’s what we hoped for Mary! It worked out really well and we’ve hit our goal!

  3. May 12, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Yum this looks fantastic! i love granola! Great idea to hold an event – and so glad it was successful!

    • charlotte
      May 13, 2015 / 10:56 am

      Thanks so much Sam! We hit our target so I’m thrilled!

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