Margaret’s 1,000km cycle challenge
PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 May 2012
A CYCLING enthusiast will take on a gruelling 1,000km ride along some of the world’s most mountainous terrain.
Margaret Sills will ride from Tibet to Nepal, while taking in the North Everest base camp – a trek that will see her cycling at altitudes of up to 5,000 metres above sea-level.
She will ride from Lhasa in Tibet to Khatmandu in Nepal to raise funds for a charity supporting villagers in Kenya.
The Hutton Dabaso Twinning Association was set up in 1999 and since then has provided funding to improve the health and educational prospects of youngsters in the village of Dabaso.
The 61-year-old said: “I was chatting to a friend who ran the route in 1991 and she suggested we might both do the trek by bike. Being up for a challenge, it didn’t take me long to say yes.
“I was made redundant in December 2011 so this was something for me to mark a life transition and a great opportunity to raise funds for a local charity that is making a difference by supporting the health and education of villagers in Kenya.
“Training has been underdone rather than overdone but I can ride up Cheddar Gorge without difficulty now and negotiate the rough tracks above Hutton.”
The Hutton resident continued: “I had my first simulated cycle at altitude this week so I am hoping that will help me acclimatise.
“I would like to raise £500 although it would be great to raise £1,000 which is the amount a bursary for a child to attend secondary school for the four years would cost.”
You can donate by visiting www.mycharitypage.com/MargaretSills/ or picking up a sponsorship form from St Mary’s Church, the post office or Sandra’s Hairdressing Salon.
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