Melton cyclist completes coast-to-coast ride and triathlon debut

Karen Drake completed a coast-to-coast bike ride just two weeks after making her sprint triathlon debut. EMN-150716-152735002
Karen Drake completed a coast-to-coast bike ride just two weeks after making her sprint triathlon debut. EMN-150716-152735002
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Karen Drake is looking forward to a rest after she followed her first-ever sprint distance triathlon by cycling coast-to-coast in a day.

Karen, from Melton, targeted the 150-mile Seascale to Whitby ride last year shortly after her friend Sharon was diagnosed with cancer.

Sharon is recovering well and was able to join the six-strong team for the ride which raised almost £2,000 for the Cyclists Fighting Cancer charity.

Having set off at 5am, Karen and her team had to tackle 5,000m of climbing before reaching the finish in North Yorkshire 17 hours later at 10pm.

She said: “It was a hard day’s ride, but there were more than 1,000 cyclists doing the ride so there was plenty of company along the way.

“The hills went on and on, but with three miles to go we spotted the sea and screamed with excitement and it was all downhill from there.

“I’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone who has supported me with sponsorship.”

The ride came just a fortnight after her triathlon debut at Blenheim where Karen completed an 800m open water swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run. She was delighted to finish in the top 100 for her age group.

The event attracted a total field of more than 7,000 competitors.