A FUNDRAISING cyclist saddled up for a gruelling coast to coast bike ride for charity.
Jane Milsom, of Broadmanor, Pocklington, decided to do the Way of the Roses bike ride, along with 15 other riders, to raise money for Cancer Research and to improve her fitness.
The 44-year-old completed the 172-mile cross country cycle route in three days.
The route starts at Morecambe in Lancashire and takes cyclists through Stamford Bridge, Pocklington, Millington and Huggate, ending in Bridlington.
Jane said: “It was a fantastic experience and one which I shall remember for a long time to come.
“The weather was kind to us for most of the way, apart from the last couple of miles into Bridlington when we cycled in heavy rain.
“It didn’t dampen our spirits though as we had been dry for all of the ride up to that point.
“We went through some fabulous scenery so you had something to keep your mind off the many miles ahead of you and it took some burden off the hills we had to climb up.”
Jane trained for over five months to prepare for the challenge.
As well as getting out on her bike and cycling long distances, she spent many hours in the gym at Francis Scaife Sports Centre in Pocklington increasing her fitness levels to get ready for one of the toughest physical tests of her life.
She said: “Training went very well. I’ve be a regular gym goer but I’ve never done anything like this.
“I started after Christmas and have been training hard since then.
“I also wanted to get fitter again. I had a few things that happened to me that knocked my fitness.
In total, the group of cyclists wanted to raise £5,000.
Jane, alone, has so far managed to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research which is a charity close to her heart.
“I know lots of people affected by cancer. My own father died of cancer six years ago,” she said.
“One of the main guys who organised it lost his mother to cancer so he started asking people to do it.
“We’ve all been training since Christmas.”
Jane also said she could not have done the bike ride without the help of her friends and family and the support of staff at Francis Scaife.
Anyone who would still like to make a donation can do so by visiting http://myprojects.cancerresearchuk.org/fundraising-pages/swinton-technology-c2c-2011.