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My 2,500-mile ride for mum
8:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A WOMAN is taking on a 2,500-mile bike ride around the UK in memory of her mother, and wants people in Brentwood to join her for part of it.
Beccy Roberts, 35, was due to set out this week from London’s Trafalgar Square and will be cycling about 100 miles a day.
She hopes to reach Chelmsford on September 6 and will be staying overnight in Hutton with friends before heading out from Brentwood High Street the next day.
Her mother Ellie, 63, died from motor neurone disease last year and Beccy hopes to raise awareness of the disease, as well as money for charity.
The disease attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing muscle weakness and wasting.
Beccy said: “I lost my mother last year very suddenly and since then I’ve found a huge number of people have no idea what the disease is.
“There’s no treatment for it. When you’re diagnosed they’re like ‘sorry, there’s nothing we can do’.
“I found it incredibly difficult to deal with. When she died I found that after a while, going on long bike rides helped me to cope with the grief.”
From this came the idea that she could go on a mammoth cycle ride to make a difference.
After initial scepticism from friends and family she has already raised more than £9,000 for motor neurone disease charities, and has been through an intense training routine.
Beccy, from Buckinghamshire, added: “It’s safer and a lot more fun cycling with others so I’m hoping people will join me on the route.”
To follow her ride and to sponsor her, visit www.becsbigbikeride.com
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