McGilvray cycle bid boosted by sponsor
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