St Mary’s Women Complete Charity Cycling Ride

Sarah Twynham (left) and Kylie Carter at Land’s End

Two St Mary’s women who have been cycling across the country to raise money for St Mary’s Hospital League of Friends and Cancer Research UK have completed their 1,000 mile, 18 day challenge.

Kylie Carter and Sarah Twynham stayed overnight with friends and people with Scilly connections during their charity challenge.

And they even had to slow down their cycling for the final stage of their route yesterday. The women left Penzance at one o’clock and had estimated that it would take around two hours to get to the finish. Instead it took just over half an hour, and they stopped halfway at the pub to kill time so they wouldn’t finish before their friends and family turned out to cheer them on.

Sarah says the challenge was tough, especially going over Dartmoor, which she described as “the only time I really wanted to cry.”

But she says it was an uplifting experience crossing the line, and seeing everyone there at Land’s End yesterday.

The cash is still being counted. Sarah’s husband Mark raised £330 at a coffee morning, £2,000 has been donated through local sponsorship and online donations for Cancer Research have reached £650, with £250 offered for the League of Friends.

Ann Mumford from the League was one of the islanders who turned out to meet the girls as they finished the ride.