Sleaford cyclist Hannah Broughton completes sponsored bike ride from Thailand to China
A SLEAFORD cyclist and her partner have successfully completed a sponsored bike-ride from Thailand to China – after enduring more than a few bumps along the road.
Hannah Broughton and Caspian Jamie, both 26, took on the challenge of a lifetime earlier this month and raised £1,077.71 for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG).
On day one Hannah’s bike picked up a flat tyre, then on day two Caspian woke up with a bad tooth infection – problems to deal with on top of having to battle the heat and steep inclines on the 300-mile feat.
On the couple’s online blog which detailed their journey Hannah said: “Caspian was very ill with a fever, sickness and pain as a result of his infection.
“We knew our next day’s cycling was going to be possibly the toughest of the entire trip and Caspian would be unable to access any medical care for at least the next 10 days.”
But despite the obstacles in their way the pair journeyed on with the help of medication picked up at local stores and made it to their final destination after nine days.
Hannah said that in hindsight they were completely unprepared for how difficult the trip would be.
On the blog she wrote: “We had become used to cycling through pain, we were accustomed to early starts and although we didn’t enjoy the heat or the steep hills, we began to accept them and get on with the ride.
“Seeing the sign for the border made us realise we were actually going to make it. The rest of the way one of us would turn to the other and say something like, ‘wow I think we’re going to make it, we’re really going to cycle to China…’ – it didn’t seem real.”
A spokesperson from MAG said: “The money raised will make a huge difference to MAG’s work. The total amount would fund a fully equipped and trained de-miner for nearly four months, clearing UXO and landmines.
“The impact this would have on the affected communities is massive because it means land can be returned to its agricultural and economic potential, thereby lifting communities out of danger, poverty and fear.”