LIZZIE Miller has completed half marathons and a triathlon but last weekend she took on her greatest challenge and cycled 300 miles from Newcastle to London – within 24 hours.
The 38-year-old Hawick Cycling Club member was part of the RideUK24 event and completed the route in 23 hours and 51 minutes in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
She said: “It has to be one of the hardest things I have ever done but what an achievement, and I am so chuffed that I completed it.
“Folk think it would be all down hill but there was about 7,000 feet of climbing and sometimes riding flat is a lot harder than going up and down hills.”
Organised by Action Challenge, participants left Gateshead at lunch time on Saturday in relative sunshine, but after ten miles the heavens opened. They pedalled to York, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Whittlesey and Buntingford before finishing in Hackney Marshes.
And although the route was fairly trouble free for Lizzie, the last 34 miles proved problematic with two punctures. She explained: “I started to panic but the Action Challenge mechanic was stuck in traffic nearby so was there to lend a helping hand and sort it which meant I crossed the line with nine minutes to spare.”
So far Lizzie has raised £1,300. To donate to her cause visit www.justgiving.com/Lizzie-and-Lisa
Lizzie is pictured (right) with cycling partner Alison Kerr from Chirnside.