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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-09-09

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Wirral woman to join F1 legend on charity cycle ride

A 40 year old woman from the Wirral, is to join former F1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen, on a charity bike ride from Tuscany to Monaco. Carrie Anne Shirley, who says she has little experience of road cycling, is undertaking the gruelling 200 mile challenge to raise vital funds for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.

Despite her lack of experience she is confident that she will complete the challenge which will take place, from Friday, 22 September 2017 to Sunday, 24 September 2017. As she explained:- "I only started road cycling in March of this year and I've done little training on the road. However, I've done a static ride of 100 miles. Although it was tiring I completed the ride in good time and I've been told static riding can be more difficult than actually riding."

Carrie Anne will be joined on the event, organised by the former Lithuanian Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, and Caudwell Children, by her partner Richard Fowles, 49, from Chester.

Carrie Anne said the pair recently tested themselves on the road. She said:- "We did do some actual hill work at the end of August 2017, around the Horseshoe Pass in Llangollen, Wales, in preparation for the terrain that we will be taking on during the challenge."

Kirsten Greaves, Challenge Events Manager for Caudwell Children, says that at times it will be a punishing ride. She said:- "It's a calf burning 200 mile route through the beautiful, undulating, Italian countryside before crossing the finish line in the stunning principality of Monaco, on the French Riviera. In between there will be rolling, hilly, landscapes surrounded by majestic Cypress trees. The 3 days of cycling will see participants, including our celebrity supporter Mika Häkkinen, covering 73, 85 and 69 miles respectively and on their final day they will have to overcome strong coastal winds. So it won't be an easy challenge!"

The pair have been extremely creative in their fundraising efforts in a bid to smash their ₤5,000 target. As Carrie Anne explained:- "I'm a Hair Stylist and I'm very much in to fashion, so I recently held a charity fashion show at the Shankly Hotel, in Liverpool, which was brillliant. We worked to get some fantastic auction and raffle prizes including exclusive, limited edition, ar2rks of The Beatles, Liverpool FC stadium and Museum tour tickets and a dinner for 2 at Gino D'Acampo's restaurant in Liverpool."

Funds raised through the Tuscany to Monaco Challenge will help Caudwell Children to provide Hospital and in home family support, specialist mobility, sports and sensory equipment, fully supported family holidays for children with life threatening conditions, activity days and life changing treatments and therapies to disabled children across the UK.  

You can support Carrie Anne through the couples Just Giving Page.


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