Women saddle up for a charity 100-mile cycle ride

The cycle team.
The cycle team.

A group of women got on their bikes to cycle 100 miles for charity – without even leaving the pub.

The Curvettes donned cycling gear and clocked up the miles on exercise bikes to raise more than £375 for the Stroke Association during Action on Stroke Month.

Susan Walton, 60, from Chevington Moor, led a team of six women, who are all owners or members of Curves gyms, in the challenge.

Amanda Thomas-Hudson and Pauline Seviour joined Susan and her daughters Sarah Bickerton, Debbie Walton and Ailsa Walton to take on the gruelling task in front of spectators at Moomoo’s in Ashington.

Susan lost her mother to a stroke seven years ago.

“She said: “Before my mum had a stroke, I didn’t know anything about the condition, which is why I was keen to raise awareness and funds for the Stoke Association.

“I bought my bike after my mum passed away and have been taking part in cycling fund-raising events ever since, including the Cuba Cycle Challenge.

“The 100-mile bike ride was tough but we are thrilled we completed it and raised vital funds in the process.”

Donna Stott, regional information officer at the Stroke Association, said: “With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one every three and a half minutes – it is vital that we have people like Susan and the Curvettes who can raise funds for people affected by stroke.

“We’re really grateful to them for taking on this rewarding challenge and braving the wind and rain.”