A CLITHEROE businesswoman completed a 400km five-day cycle challenge raising over £4,000 for The Genesis Research Trust – the charity run by Professor Lord Robert Winston.
Jane Miller, of Eastham Street, took part in the challenge along with 70 other women cycling from Ho Chih Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam, to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
The ride, over five days, took part in 45 degree heat and humidity to match. Speaking of the challenge, Jane, who runs a kitchen company in Southport, said: “The only way I could have trained for this bike ride would have been to take spinning classes in a steam room!
“Participants were dropping out daily suffering from heat exhaustion and the usual stomach upsets, but I’m happy to report that although I found it very hard at times, I completed it.”
She added: “In addition to coping with the heat and humidity, we had to contend with poor road conditions and very erratic traffic, often being overtaken by mopeds, carts, buses and trucks – all at the same time.
“Along with that, the local children who greeted us like celebrities at times took to reaching out and slapping us – making us swerve into the traffic without warning!
“I am pleased that my contribution to Robert Winston’s charity was part of £600,000 that this cycle challenge raised: some 10% of his annual operating costs. I had no idea, until he spoke to us in Vietnam, that the cycle challenges were such a significant part of his fundraising.
“I would like to thank all the people who supported me – friends and parents of St Michael and St John’s school, friends, family and neighbours, local businesses and charity organisations in Clitheroe – all of whom have been very generous. It was such a huge achievement that I have already registered my interest for the 2013 challenge, which will take place in Sri Lanka!”