Cyclist 'humbled' by donations to charities
AN ASPIRING Victoria Pendleton has saddled up to cycle the equivalent of climbing Everest twice, on behalf of two close friends.
As part of Ride Across Britain, Katie Mann completed a 1,000-mile gruelling cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats last week in aid of the MS Trust and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
The 33-year-old, from Filkins near Lechlade, said that both organisations had been invaluable to both a friend who has recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and a family member who is fighting cancer.
Katie said she had never taken on an endurance challenge before and training had been harder than expected.
"I have come a-cropper more times than I would like to admit when coming to a stop still attached to my pedals," Katie said. "And unfortunately I don't look as good in lycra as Victoria Pendleton."
However, Katie said the mud, sweat and tears over numerous punctures and torrential downpours en route, were worth it for the £11,000 she has raised so far for the charities.
"It’s been very humbling how people have donated and has made the whole thing worthwhile," she said.
To donate to Katie’s two chosen charities, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KatieMann