100-mile charity bike ride from Northamptonshire to Norfolk for 13-year-old

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A 13-year-old girl is set to complete a 100 mile bike ride from Northamptonshire to Norfolk on Saturday, July 9 in aid of a charity that helped her grandad.

Bethany Spencer, from Desborough in Northamptonshire, decided to set herself this goal after her grandfather Hugh Joyce, of Downham, suffered a heart attack in 2011 and was supported by the work of the British Heart Foundation.

Bethany said: “Without the work of the NHS and research of the British Heart Foundation my grandad is unlikely to have survived and I would have been without him today.

“My grandad is always there for me, and therefore I would like to give something back to the charity so that they can continue their work, and continue to help those who have, or will suffer and fight like my grandad.”

Bethany’s father Alan, who will be joining her on the marathon bike ride, said: “As a junior triathlete and cyclist, Bethany decided that she wanted to challenge herself whilst raising money.”

The duo are due to set off from Desborough at 7am, and will eventually wind their way through Castle Rising and Sandringham, and finally end at the upper green in Hunstanton between 2pm and 3pm.

Alan added: “Hunstanton provides the prefect end point for the ride as it was also the town in which Hugh was brought up.”

Friends and family will be waiting to greet Bethany and will also have collection buckets for donations to the cause.

To support Bethany, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bethanyride100 or text BSHJ51 followed by £1, £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.