A 13-year-old girl who embarked on a 100-mile charity bike ride from Desborough to Norfolk has raised four times her original target.
Bethany Spencer set herself two goals – one to raise £500 and the second to bike 100 miles – to give back to the charity which helped her grandfather Hugh Joyce, of Downham Market in Norfolk, after a heart attack in 2011.
On Saturday, despite heavy rain and a 7am start, Bethany, joined by her dad Alan and family friend Andy Medcalfe, set out to complete the marathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
Alan said: “The rain was a constant factor for the first 60 miles, leading to a long stop at a pub in March, where urgent repairs were required for all three of us, as well as a bike change for Bethany, following an incident that saw all of us fall on a wet level crossing.”
He said that in spite of these challenges, Bethany continued to push on through the rain.
When the three riders approached Emneth and Marshland Smeeth, the rain finally stopped which allowed them to enjoy the final leg of their journey through Wiggenhall St Germans, Castle Rising and Sandringham.
Alan said Bethany arrived on the green in Hunstanton “beaming with pride and full of emotion” at 4.40pm, where she was greeted by friends, family and holiday-makers, and most importantly by her grandad Hugh.
So far Bethany has raised more than £2,200.
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