A BUXTON firefighter braved the elements to complete a 1,000-mile bike ride and raise more than £2,000 for charity.
Rachel Chatwin, of Whitehough, near Chinley, was part of a group of 27 cyclists which, on May 14, completed the gruelling ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 12 days.
And as she explained, it wasn’t all plain sailing: “We had four seasons worth of weather in those 12 days, and I arrived at John O’Groats in an Arctic storm.
“There was a period, a day and a half, when I had to borrow a bike because mine had broken. And I almost got knocked off my bike by a sheep!
“But it was a brilliant experience, a fantastic adventure, and I loved every minute of it.”
Rachel is raising money for Ashgate Hospice, who cared for her best friend, Sarah Dewhurst, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, who died from cancer in February at the age of 38, less than two months after being diagnosed.
She added: “I have never done anything sponsored before, so I didn’t really know what to expect, but the support I have received for such a worthy cause has been brilliant, and I would just like to say a big thank you.”
You can still sponsor Rachel by visiting www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Chatwin.