Trio raise £1,200 for charity in 100km bike ride

By Cambrian News reporter in Charity

A TRIO of cyclists have tackled a 100km bike ride and raised a significant sum for women’s cancer charities.

Sisters Jenna and Karen Thompson, of Llanaber, and friend Caroline Evans, of Llanbedr, took part in Women V Cancer Ride the Night cycling challenge over the bank holiday weekend.

This is the largest women-only cycling event which aims to raise money and awareness around three women’s cancer charities; Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer and Jos Cervical Cancer Trust, as well as encourage more women into cycling.

Caroline, owner of Plas Gwynfryn, said: “It was such a fantastic experience cycling through the night, there was such amazing comaradary amongst everyone there and we all put in a lot of hard work practicing and attending spinning classes, which was all worth it.”

The three girls cycled from Windsor Racecourse to London and back, which was over 100km or 62 miles.

They started their nocturnal jaunt at 10.30pm and finished a little under seven hours later at 5.15am.

Their combined fundraising total for the charity currently stands at £1,200.

Caroline, 39; Jenna, 37 and Karen, 35, - known collectively as the Racy Riders - all grew up in Meirionnydd.

Last September, the fitness fanatics completed the Barnardos charity walk in Barmouth and decided to take on an even more gruelling challenge.

“Although we are all quite sporty, we were novices to road biking before signing up,” Caroline added.

“We also thought a women only event would be a good way to get into the sport as well as raising money for three great causes. We all know someone that has been affected by cancer.”

Although life-affirming, there were also some very poignant moments for the trio as the cycled through the UK capital.

“It was enjoyable cycling past a lot of sites around London,” Caroline added.

“The London eye had pink lights shining for us.

“Many riders stopped on Westminster Bridge to pay respects to the people that lost their lives during the act of terrorism both in London and Manchester with some leaving flowers. We also had a minutes silence before the event started.”

So far, the event has raised nearly £1.5m.

For more information, or to donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fundraisingracyriders

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