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.

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.

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