Grandmother embarks on epic challenge for Welwyn Garden City-based hospice

A GRANDMOTHER was tested to the limits during an epic uphill bike challenge in aid of charity.

Meg Dennis, from Brookmans Park, last Tuesday completed a gruelling 1,038-mile ride from Land’s End, Cornwall, to John O’Groats, Caithness.

The 70-year-old, who was joined by daughter Liz, 35, has now raised �2,000 for WGC-based Isabel Hospice.

“It was a terribly hard effort,” said mum-of-four and grandmother-of-five Mrs Dennis, of Brookmans Avenue.

“We went through the Lake District and the Highlands and it was extremely hilly.”


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Cycling around 50 miles a day, starting on May 10, Mrs Dennis said she had little training before the expedition.

“I did a little bit of cycling beforehand but even so it was a shock at how hilly [the journey] it was,” she told the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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“One of the best days was in Scotland when the sun was shining, the wind was behind us and the surface was fairly flat.

“It was a lovely nice day.”

A regular fundraiser for Isabel Hospice, Mrs Dennis, married to Gordon, had no regrets about her toughest mission.

She added: “It was a very hard earned �2,000 but I am very pleased [to have earned the money] as it is going to a very good cause.”

A spokeswoman for Isabel Hospice said they were grateful to Mrs Dennis and people like her who helped raise money for the charity.

She said: “We are used to Meg being a generous supporter of the hospice, but we never realised she would embark on such an enormous challenge.

“We would like to congratulate her on an amazing achievement.”

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