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Biking Becky takes on 1000 mile charity challenge
A Kingston woman is hoping to raise £1,000 a day when she takes part in a gruelling cycling challenge from Penzance to John O’Groats.
Becky Campbell, of Athena Close, will be taking part in the UK End2End 2012, a 1000 mile cycle event ridden over nine days and billed as the ultimate cycling challenge the UK has to offer.
Together with her father Glenn and close friend Emily Possnicker, Becky will start the event in Penzance on 27 May and finish in John O’Groats on 4June. The trio are hoping to raise £9,000 between them for Action Medical Research. www.action.org.uk
“Action Medical Research is a fantastic children's charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children in the UK - many of whom are born with debilitating diseases or disabilities,” said Becky, who learned about the amazing work of the charity through her role as a medical negligence solicitor at Fentons Solicitors LLP. “The charity is also supporting research into finding ways to tackle potentially deadly infections like meningitis, septicaemia, pneumonia and MRSA.
“For almost 60 years, Action Medical Research has been behind numerous breakthroughs such as the UK polio vaccine, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, and more recently the foetal heart rate monitor,” she added. “They also conduct research into reducing premature birth, preventing pregnancy complications and finding the best ways to care for sick and vulnerable babies.”
Becky, 25, her salesman father Glenn,55, and 27-year-old recruitment consultant Emily Possnicker, have now started training in earnest with long rides at the weekend and turbo training and spin classes at home and in the gym through the week.
“It’s quite tricky finding the time to train in the winter months with our busy jobs but I’m looking forward to the spring when we can go out after work when it’s still light,” said Becky. “I’m doing a lot of training with Emily who also lives in Kingston. We train in Richmond Park and we often head to Windsor or Boxhill, and I also try and go home to Lytham in Lancashire where Dad lives as often as possible so that Dad and I can get out on our bikes.
“We’ve got four months to get our heads down and train. Hopefully the three of us will be organising a few mini ‘training camps’ in the next couple of months, when Emily and I can go up North and Dad can get down here so we can all go out and train together.
“Dad’s amazing,” said Becky. “He cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats 12 years ago when he raised money for Macmillan Cancer Research. He was a farmer then so he was obviously a lot fitter but I managed to rope him into joining me and Emily this year - which is particularly impressive considering he’s 55. It should be a fantastic achievement for all of us. We’re all keen cyclists and love a bit of a challenge so hopefully we can raise some money for this very worthy cause.
“Last year we completed our first 100 mile Action Medical Research ride from Bath to London in a fairly respectable riding time of 6-and-a-half hours,” said Becky. “The challenge now is to do 9 days in a row!
“I’m sure it’ll be an amazing experience but we’re all dreading the hills in Cornwall, not to mention being unable to sit down for a week afterwards, but with the support of our family and friends I've no doubt we'll complete the journey!”
If you would like to sponsor Becky’s fundraising efforts in aid of Action Medical Research, please visit www.action.org.uk/sponsor/bcampbell
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