Lucy’s length of country cycle marathon venture

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DESPITE battling 70mph winds, heavy rain, punctures and “a brush with an undertaker”, two students have completed a cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, raising over £3000 for charity.

Lucy Knowles, from Garstang, and school friend Michael Bennett took just twelve and a half days to complete the 930 mile distance, beating their 14 day target.

The pair set off on September 2 and cycled the gruelling route in support of three charities, Cancer Research, Trinity Hospice, Blackpool and Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

Leeds Metropolitan university student Lucy, 21, said the challenge had been a real test of endurance, but the trip had been worthwhile.

“I was apprehensive about this challenge, as I knew it would be both physically and mentally demanding,” she said.

“We had to battle through difficult weather conditions, including heavy rain and 70mph winds that actually blew us off our bikes in Glencoe.

“However, it definitely did not dampen our spirits. Happily, we completed the venture without injury, although Michael did suffer four punctures!”

The duo also had a few laughs with mishaps along the way. Said Lucy: “After a few days of ‘wet’ camping, we decided to book a B&B to get a good night’s rest.

“On ringing up what we thought was a possible location, we were told that we would probably not want to stay with them as it was not a B&B but an undertakers!”

And plucky Lucy, who this year also completed her Duke of Edinburgh award, is now on the hunt for more adventures.

She said: “We had a fantastic experience which allowed us to explore Great Britain whilst raising money for charity in the process.

“Our thanks go to the many local businesses in Garstang for their kind donations and support.

“I now look forward to many more challenges which I intend to set myself in the future.”