McGil­vray cy­cle bid boosted by spon­sor

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

ANN-MARIE McGil­vray, a mem­ber of Rochdale Triathlon Club, has se­cured spon­sor­ship for her big­gest chal­lenge yet - to cy­cle 969 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in just nine days.

She will un­der­take the ride to raise aware­ness and spon­sor­ship for GB Paralympic Ath­letes through their char­ity, Su­percharge.

Gen­med, a spe­cial­ist ven­dor neu­tral man­aged ser­vices provider work­ing in the NHS, an­nounced this week that they will be spon­sor­ing her bid.

Com­plet­ing on av­er­age 108 miles a day, the epic chal­lenge started on Satur­day fin­ishes next.

The ride is sup­ported through Deloitte Ride Across Bri­tain and at­tracts high qual­ity en­trants with rid­ers hav­ing to com­plete each daily stage in a set time.

Com­menc­ing at Lands’ End, the route winds up through the coun­try with overnight stops in Oakhamp­ton, Bath, Lud­low, Hay­dock, Pen­rith, Hamil­ton, Fort Wil­liam, Kyle and fi­nally John o’ Groats.

As part of her train­ing sched­ule, Ann-Marie com­pleted the Out­law Triathlon in July which en­tailed swim­ming 2.4 miles, cy­cling 112 miles and then run­ning a marathon. No stranger to push­ing her­self to the lim­its, she fin­ished in an in­cred­i­ble 12 hours seven min­utes.

Ann-Marie said: “It was last year while com­pet­ing in the Euro­pean Sprint Dis­tance Triathlon Cham­pi­onships in Lis­bon that I wit­nessed first-hand para ath­letes tak­ing part from Great Bri­tain and Europe. De­spite their vary­ing dis­abil­i­ties, I was so in­spired that I started to think about how I could sup­port them and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. The idea of rid­ing the length of Great Bri­tain was borne which seemed suit­ably chal­leng­ing not just phys­i­cally but men­tally.”

Su­percharge’s goal is to give the Par­a­lympics GB ath­letes the best prepa­ra­tion and sup­port. It helps make the vi­tal dif­fer­ence be­tween peo­ple com­ing fourth and first, giv­ing the ath­letes the best chance to win gold and mak­ing the na­tion proud.

To do­nate and sup­port http://uk.vir­gin­money giv­ing.com/An­nMarie McGil­vray

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