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Barbara, 81, ends her RNLI ‘cycle ride’ to John O’Groats

The grandmother who started a virtual ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats on her exercise bike has completed the journey after four months.

A woman sits on an exercise bike raising her hands in the air in celebration

Photo: RNLI/Barbara Townsend

Barbara celebrates the end of her virtual journey to John O'Groats.
Mrs Barbara Townsend, 81, from Axminster started the 874 mile journey in her back garden in August and raised £1,649 for the RNLI on her JustGiving page.

Mrs Townsend, who has seven grandchildren, was a keen sailor crossing the Atlantic three times with husband David.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my cycling, but I am selling the exercise bike now and will add the proceeds to my total.

“I think the RNLI does a fantastic job and fortunately we never had to call them when we sailing. It was just comforting to know they were always there.”

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