Maddie's Charity Cycle round India…part 1

Brave Masher Maddie George (24) has started Cycle Challenge, a 370kms ride through India where she will be raising money for the Lymphoma Association, a charity which supports those affected by the disease - the UK's sixth most common cancer.

Brave Masher Maddie George (24) has started Cycle Challenge, a 370kms ride through India where she will be raising money for the Lymphoma Association, a charity which supports those affected by the disease – the UK’s sixth most common cancer.

Maddie, whose mother lives in South Street in Caistor, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in January last year, has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and now wants to raise money to support the charity.

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This is her first report from the Challenge…

I’m sat in a sandy valley having lunch on day 2. Lunch is curry and white carbs. I have eaten curry twice a day since I have been here so that’s 7 in total to date. Still not eating meat though.

Yesterday we covered off 62kms. We didn’t set off until 11am so it was unbelievably hot. The day was split in to 4 sections. By the 2nd section I was flagging. My chain came off so had to wait for the guys to come and fix it (we have a team of 20 marshals that go up and down on bikes to monitor us).

Then I got a bit of heat stroke so had some anti sickness treatment from the doc and cycled at the back for a while. We realised we were heading directly through a huge religious festival so a police escort had to arrange to take us though.

You wouldn’t belive the roads! Camels, horses, cows, bikes, mototbikes, tuk tuks, buses and tractors were all on the road scurrying around – it was quite terrifying and very hot.

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I got stung by a hornet, first time I have been stung in my life! Everytime we go through villages all the kids run to the road and shout good morning to us and wave , the braver ones ask for money. We saw a dead boar being eaten by dogs. Got to camp at sunset. Slept in a tent with an en suite ( a western toilet dumped in the corner, not plumbed in and a tray with bucket of water for a shower)

Up and out of the road for 7.30. We went through a really dodgy town where we had to go in groups as the kids are known to cause trouble with us but again we had a police escort so it was okay. Done 57 kms already today, HILLS, lots of HILLs. We have 92 kms in total to do and then tonight we are staying in the palace. YESSSSS

My legs, arms, neck and bum ache…

If you would like to support Maddie in her challenge please visit www.justgiving.com/Madeleine-George or by contacting the Lymphoma Association fund-raising team on 01296 619419.

More Maddie updates coming soon…

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Chris Wareham