Saturday, 25 September 2021

5,000 miles by bicycle in a year

TWO former Henley students have cycled around the British Isles for charity.

Ruth Carney and Laurence Ash, who met at The Henley College in 1998, travelled more than 5,000 miles on their year-long expedition.

They did not have a support vehicle and camped each night, carrying their tent, sleeping bag, clothes, food and cooking equipment between stops.

They would pitch their tents wherever they could find space and often had no idea where they would be camping on a given evening. Most of the time they stayed in farmers’ fields but sometimes they slept in people’s back gardens.

Their bikes, which were specially built to carry heavy loads over long distances, weighed more than seven stone when fully loaded.

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