Couple shrug off storms to complete cycle trek
1:30pm Friday 7th September 2012 in News
A GLANAMAN mum-of-two braved thunderstorms and severe flash floods to complete a 180-mile cycle ride to Weymouth in less than 18 hours.
Adrianne Ashton and her partner, Andrew Cleverly, left the Amman Valley at 4.40am on Saturday, August 25, and struggled into the Dorset seaside resort at 10pm.
On the way, the pair endured four thunderstorms and treacherous conditions – but managed to raise at least £1,200 for Cancer Research UK.
“The feeling of doing something like that is indescribable,”
Adrianne, 29, of Cwmaman Road, told the Guardian. “The weather was so bad we were thinking of cancelling – Abernant Flats was like a river and at that point we had barely got going.”
Along the way, the cyclists were supported by their parents and Adrianne’s daughters, Natalia and Kelsey, brandishing banners and shouting encouragement from the side of the road.
“We both loved it, but it was also a lot tougher than we anticipated,” said Adrianne.
“What was the first thing I did on reaching my brother’s house in Portland? I got off my bike and lay on the floor because my back was in agony!
“We celebrated with some tea and biscuits. That night we were so wired, we couldn’t get to sleep because we were so elated.”
“So far we’ve raised £1,200 and money is still coming in – people are being so kind.”
Anyone wishing to contribute can do so at www.justgiving.com/ adrianne-ashton or text KEOS47 followed by the amount to 70070.