A MOTORCYCLIST who survived leukaemia as a child hopes to ride 900 miles in just 24 hours to raise cash for a children’s cancer charity.
Sarah Taylor, 37, of Waxwell Road, Hullbridge, was diagnosed and treated as a three-year-old, but had to keep going to hospital for checks until she was 26.
On Saturday, Ms Taylor will join nine others to ride the 900 miles from John O’Groats, in Scotland, to Lands End, Cornwall, in 24 hours.
The ride is in aid of the charity Children with Cancer.
She is already familiar with the route, having ridden it for charity two years ago, though on that occasion, the ride was spread over three days.
Ms Taylor said: “It’s going to take its toll, especially as you never know what the Scottish weather is going to do, but it should be worth it.
“I survived leukaemia when I was three and went through all the treatments.
“I was in remission, but I only stopped going to hospital when I was 26, so cancer has been a big part of my life.”
The riders from all over the country, plan to take a short breaks every hour and then, if all goes to plan, a three-hour break about three-quarters of the way through the ride.
Ms Taylor added: “We met a couple of years ago on a ride for Help for Heroes.
“Someone suggested John O’Groats to Lands End in 24 hours on a whim, after a couple of drinks.
“But we thought about it, and have been planning it since last year.
“I’ve been riding bikes for seven years and we’re all experienced riders. We’ve not been doing any specific training but we all regularly ride 300- 400 miles a day.
“The extra 500 will be interesting, though.”
The Rayleigh station ticket office worker is taking part with the support of her employer, train operator Greater Anglia, which has donated £100 to the cause.
To sponsor her, visit uk.virgin moneygiving.com/sarah taylor1977