Fareham businesswoman takes on Welsh hills and valleys for charity

RIDER Alyson Marlow
RIDER Alyson Marlow
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WHILE the world’s top cyclists battle it out for top honours in the Tour de France, one woman from Fareham has taken part in a novel charity bike ride.

Public relations director Alyson Marlow was invited by one of her clients Barratt Homes to join a cycle ride in south Wales.

What she hoped would be a relaxing day turned out to be a mammoth 87-mile cycle ride – taking in 10 of the developer’s new homes sites in less than 10 hours.

Battling wind, rain and finally sunshine, they tackled some of the region’s toughest hill climbs en route from Swansea to near the Severn Bridge in Caerwent.

Alyson said: ‘It’s safe to say that the south coast cannot compete with some of the areas we were cycling in terms of the hills we had to face.

‘It was incredibly tough and I did spend some of the hills pushing the bike to the summit.

‘I’m not sure I am quite ready for a stage of the Tour de France yet but it was a novel way to see Barratt’s latest developments.’

The cyclists raised more than £2,500 for the Kids Out Charity which transforms the lives of children by providing fun experiences.