85 year old's thousand mile challenge

A cycling granny has told listeners how she's travelling a thousand miles in a year in aid of charity.

Sylvia Briercliffe, 85, from Eastham, called in to Radio Clatterbridge to reveal how she's nearly completed her quest.

Sylvia Briercliffe on her bike (Credit: Sylvia Briercliffe)

The punctureless pensioner decided to raise money in memory of a friend and to help disabled children take to bikes themselves.

Sylvia told Coffee Club presenter Steve Evans how she has cycled everywhere from Wirral and Liverpool to Deeside and Anglesey.

 

Her bike Etty was named after her friend Betty who died from Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzeheimer's Society and Live Cheshire charities will both benefit from her fundraising.

Live Cheshire converts bikes to enable disabled children to experience cycling.

"I get most of my best ideas on my bike. I thought I love doing this, why can't I make some money for charity?" - Sylvia Briercliffe

After nearly a year, Sylvia has already completed 975 miles of her quest.

The big push is now on to collect sponsorship - although people have been leaning out of car windows to give her money as they pass!

Sylvia in the studio

Sylvia aims to complete her quest on March 13th 2016, Cycling Sunday.

While she normally travels alone, she revealed that she will be joined on the final mile by family, friends and some of the youngsters at Live Cheshire's New Scene Centre in Chester.

By the time she finishes her journey, Sylvia will have turned 86 and hopes she has set an example for other ladies of a similar age to get out there and have a go.

"Don't think its impossible because it isn't. Find your own bike and practice on the safe cycle ways and you won't want to be on two legs again. You'll want to be on two wheels!" - Sylvia Briercliffe

Sylvia at the New Scene centre

Sylvia told listeners it has been a great adventure and her family are proud of her achievements.

Visit her fundraising page to sponsor her and keep up-to-date with her progress on her Facebook site.


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