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Fantastic Linda conquers Lands End to John O’Groats cycle challenge

Charity / Sat 19th Jun 2021 at 03:27pm

A FEW weeks ago, we interviewed Harlow resident, Linda Courtney as she was about to take on the challenge of cycling from Lands End to John O Groats.

Linda was doing it in memory of her sister Davina. Davina May died of Acute Myloid Leukemia, but pulmonary sarcoids was an underlying contributory factor in her death as she developed a lung infection during treatment for the cancer which caused bilateral pneumonia.

Linda only took up cycling five years ago and when we spoke to her there was naturally an air of trepidation.

But having set off from Lands End on June 8th, she conquered all 874 miles with grit and determination.

Anyone who has followed Linda’s journey vis her Facebook place will appreciate that it has been a real challenge.

They said the first two days would be the toughest and it looked that way. There were beasts in this hills near Bodmin and devilish climbs in Dartmoor.

However, as the days marched on, you got a sense that Linda had found a rhythm.

Linda’s husband Tony summed up each day.

He said: “Just thinking about Linda Courtney‘s cycling trip from Lands End to John O’Groats, there is the stuff you don’t see. At the moment, Linda’s day is basically this: 5.45am wake up, put cycling kit on, pack ready to check out.

Go to breakfast. Then cycle 80 to 90 miles, leaving before 8am and getting into the next place usually between 7pm and 9pm.

“Get bag, check into room, shower, dinner, back to room, prepare snacks and put things on charge for next day. Go to sleep about 11 once that’s done. So, it’s a massive effort not just the cycling”.

We know there must be have been blood, sweat and tears but nearly every photo has Linda beaming. Every landmark must have been significant. Even when her pedal broke!

There is still plenty of time to sponsor Linda. All the details are in our original story.

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1 Comment for Fantastic Linda conquers Lands End to John O’Groats cycle challenge:

Maria Lillie
2021-06-19 23:33:31

Hi Linda, WOW! Fantastic and Well Done. Saddened to hear about Davina, she was a lovely, fun lady. Take Care, Maria & Duncan xx

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