The thought of a trip to Paris after a “glass or two of wine” turned out to be something completely different – a 400-mile bike ride.
And despite suffering severe rheumatoid arthritis - which has seen her faint with the pain and can leave her bed-bound with flare-ups - Carrie Blenkinsop is determined to finish the challenge and raise at least £10,000 for Zoe’s Place, a hospice for terminally ill and sick babies and young children.
Carrie, aged 41, of Vicarage Lane, Dunchurch, said: “I was asked to do it after a glass of wine or two. My friend Sam Harris, who works at Zoe’s Place, asked me if I wanted to go to Paris. What else was a girl to do?
“It was only afterwards that Sam told me I had to cycle there.”
Carrie, aged 41, has already raised more than £5,000 for the hospice by taking part in two 12k races and a 20-mile, 200-obstacle race, which she admits really tested her and took time to recover from.
She was diagnosed with the condition in her back and knees more than two years ago, and with strong medications and her “stubborness”, will not let it take over her life.
Carrie said the work by Rugby businesses Military Fitness Circuits and JD Elite Sports and Injury Massage has enabled her to build up her muscles to take the strain, not the joints. She said: “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their help.”
She will be accompanied by her partner Simon Evans, and added: “I’m petrified but determined to do it because Zoe’s Place is such a good cause.”
Her four-day journey starts from the hospice near Coventry on September 11. Donate at https://www.justgiving.com/Carrie-Blenkinsop/,