Super-fit Beth Eardley is cycling 2,500 miles – the length of America’s famous Route 66 – to raise funds for charity.
The 24-year-old started the mammoth journey on her static bike on May 4 and has been cycling 120 miles a day since to raise cash for the Alzheimer’s Society after her grandma was diagnosed with the disease in September.
She is due to complete the challenge on Sunday (May 24) – after 21 gruelling days in the saddle of her indoor turbo trainer.
And she has been overwhelmed by how much cash she has raised for the charity with the latest figure standing at £2,466.
Beth, a personal trainer at Basefit in Brown Lees, decided to cycle the equivalent of Route 66 across America utilising Zwift, which replicates the road conditions and hills as realistically as possible.
Beth, of Gillow Heath, near Biddulph, said: “My 76-year-old grandma, Gina Barker, of Biddulph, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in September.
“I am very close to her and I wanted to raise some money for the Alzheimer’s Society because charities are struggling as all the fund-raising has dried up for them during the lockdown.
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“I said I wanted to do Land’s End to John o’ Groats and my mum said, ‘Why don’t you do Route 66’? as she has been to Route 66 with my grandma.
“It is 2,500 miles and I am doing it in 21 days which is about 120 miles a day. I average 18mph to 20mph and am in the saddle for six to seven hours a day.
“I jump off to do some of my personal training with clients online before jumping back on.
“So far I have raised £2,466. I am really chuffed and very grateful to everyone who has donated.
“I cycled at the front of the house on VE Day and put a bucket out and I got more than £200 from passers-by. I could not believe it.”
Beth’s mum, Jill Eardley, said: “We are very proud of what Beth is doing. She never ceases to amaze us. She has always liked sport and took part in loads of things when she was younger.
“She has competed in Iron Man competitions with her dad. They did one in France two years ago and did the Bolton one last year and came third in her age group.
“She has been stuck inside this week. Last week we had nice warm weather so it was not quite so bad as she could engage in conversation.
“She has been struggling a little bit with her knee and has some deep freeze gel on it.
“She has raised so much money. We never thought in our wildest dreams we would ever get anything like that.
“People have been so generous. A lot of people were out walking on VE Day and did not have any money on them but they came back later and pushed money through the letter box. It just shows the strength of people pulling together.
“The Alzheimer’s Society is such a worthwhile cause and it effects so many people.”
To donate go to Beth’s fundraising page here.