STRATFORD Cycling Club’s Caroline Skelton can fondly look back on a ‘real sense of achievement’ having raised more than £2,000 for charity by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Caroline’s fund-raiser, which she completed with her friend Caroline Mann, was a tremendous feat, especially given her background before joining the cycling club in 2015.
For the last ten years she has been struggling to keep her diabetes under control and, although she needs to take medication, she feels better when active.
In April 2015 she joined Stratford Cycling Club in order to improve her stamina and to be motivated to get out on her bike more than once a week, leading to her deciding to cycle the 972 miles from England’s most southerly point to the most northern tip of Scotland.
Late last year the two Carolines signed up for the LEJOG challenge over nine days with the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, which has been running successfully for several years.
Now, after lots of training, the duo have successfully completed the charity ride, having cycled all of the way and climbed every hill, something Caroline Skelton says she could not have done a few years ago.
Caroline Skelton, who raised more than £2,000 for Shakespeare Hospice, said: “Every day I felt a real sense of achievement.
“The views were beautiful, everyone was so friendly and helpful and we ate loads, something I can’t normally do due to high sugar levels.”