Newton woman in charity cycle ride

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Newton woman Jean Mountain is taking part in a mammoth cycling challenge in honour of her brother who is fighting cancer.

She set off by herself from the Severn Bridge with her bike, a tent and a camping stove to ride around the British coastline.

Jean has been covering 50 miles a day before setting up camp on her own at night.

She put in a lot of planning and training before she saddled up.

Jean said: “This is a real personal challenge for me and I’m really enjoying it.

“So far it’s been an amazing experience, a real adventure. I love being outside and I’ve seen some tremendous places and met some amazing people.”

Jean, 56, has raised hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research UK and her target is £1,000.

It will take three months to complete the route.

“My brother David, who lives in Edinburgh, was diagnosed with cancer this year,” she said.

“I wanted to do something positive to give something back to the charity that helps other people with cancer.”

Jean said: “People have been so generous and I can’t thank them enough.

“Taking part in the ride has restored my faith in human nature.”

Jean does take time out from the cycling to catch up with her family.

She meets up with husband Steve every three weeks.“It’s great to catch up,” she said.

Steve said: “Jean has gone off alone with everything on her bike to cycle the entire coast of Great Britain.

“It will take her at least three months.”

He added: “I’m so proud of her.

“ She has taken part in other charity events, but this very personal for her.”