Small animal vet Penny Barker clocked up more than 145 miles in a non-stop 10-hour cycle marathon to raise funds for charity Hounds for Heroes… without moving an inch.

Penny
The distance covered was roughly equivalent to cycling from Birmingham to London.

Penny, who works at the Burghfield and Goring Veterinary Surgeries in Berkshire, is an endurance cyclist and a trustee of the charity, which provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK armed forces and emergency services.

Travelling without moving

Cycling at race speed on a turbo trainer (which locks the cycle’s back wheel in place and records the distance based on wheel revolutions), Penny “travelled” 145.55 miles during the recent Crufts event in London, raising £468 – on top of other donations and merchandise sales.

What’s more, Penny only stopped twice during the entire 10 hours – both times to nip to the loo; she even ate while on the bike, just as she would during training.

Crufts visitor Emma Redden won £500 of Marks and Spencer vouchers for being closest to Penny’s 10-hour total distance cycled with a guess of 146 miles.

Penny is currently in training for one of the most gruelling cycle challenges in the world – the 3,000 mile Race Across America (RAAM) in June 2017.

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar

wpDiscuz

related content

Catherine Bovens discusses various methods of diagnosis and treatment for this common autoimmune disease present in dogs.

37 mins

Practices can register for the UK’s third Pet Allergy Week, set for 5-11 June 2017.

2 mins

Alex Gough casts his eye over more companion animal research and studies, including one on degenerative mitral valve disease in cavalier king Charles spaniels.

11 mins

Byre Vets in Werrington, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire is the latest to be added to a network of practices located in the nearby towns of Oundle, Thrapston, Corby and Stamford.

4 mins

Leeds-based Beechwood Veterinary Group is inviting pets to free nail clipping clinics to raise money for a local rescue fund that helps pay for the treatment and care of strays.

5 mins

To support National Microchipping Month in June, Virbac is providing a free support pack for practices to use in the waiting room and online – plus a chance for staff to win prizes.

2 mins