Woman completes solo Tour of Britain in memory of her mother

Beccy Roberts (centre) with her father Will and Dr Dawn Harper at the finish
Beccy Roberts (centre) with her father Will and Dr Dawn Harper at the finish

A woman who lost her mother to Motor Neurone Disease has completed a 2,500-mile cycle ride around the UK in 29 days, raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process.

Beccy Roberts said it felt ‘surreal’ to reach the finish in Trafalgar Square last week, having set off from the same point back on August 11.

The 35 year old from Kingsey covered around 100 miles a day, passing through 45 counties and completing a distance longer than the Tour de France.

Mrs Roberts, whose mother died last year, said: “I can’t quite believe that not only have I done it, but that I’m still standing.

“I always believed I could do this, but a little bit of me couldn’t help but think ‘maybe not’.

“I am not an athlete. I will never win a gold medal. But by getting on my bike and pushing myself to my absolute limits, I have made a difference.

“Throughout mum’s illness and since her death, my cycling has been a continual tonic to my grief and central to my healing process.

“Since she went, I have felt a desperate need to do something extraordinary, to raise awareness of what she went through and to celebrate my mobility every day that I have it.”

She was joined on the last 30 miles of her epic journey by Dr Dawn Harper from ITV’s This Morning.

Dr Dawn said: “I found out about Beccy’s story and challenge through Twitter.

“When I read more on her website I had to get in touch and was delighted to be able to join her for the last few miles and to be at the party at Trafalgar Square.

“As a GP I know first hand what a cruel condition motor neurone disease is and as a keen cyclist I also know just what a huge challenge Bec’s Big Bike Ride was.

“Beccy’s an inspiration to all of us. I feel privileged to have joined her for the last leg of her mammoth ride and, even though I’ve only spent one day with her, somehow I don’t think this will be the last we’ve heard of Beccy Roberts and her bike.”

All money raised by the ride will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Sally Light, the association’s chief executive, said: “Everyone at the association is so very proud of Beccy.

“Beccy had a steely determination to complete what was a huge challenge, even when the going got very tough.

“Aside from the fundraising itself her efforts to raise awareness of MND throughout the challenge are invaluable.”

To find out more and sponsor Beccy, go to her website.