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Anne and Jake Lloyd, Alzheimer's cycle challenge Vietnam to Cambodia
Anne and Jake Lloyd, Alzheimer's cycle challenge Vietnam to Cambodia
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A MOTHER and son team from St Annes endured cycling 330 miles in the scorching heat, in some of the toughest terrain, to raise money for a cause close to their heart.

Anne Lloyd and her son Jake, 17, managed to raise a massive £6,500 for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of Anne’s mum Joan – who died a year ago – as they wanted to help other Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Anne, 47, who lives with husband David in Glen Eldon Road, described the fundraising 10-day cycle challenge riding from Vietnam to Cambodia as like doing continual spinning classes in a sauna. She said: “It was the most gruelling, physically challenging, amazing experience.

“Jake, who is a keen mountain biker, took it in his stride and loved every minute, but I struggled with the heat and humidity as we covered 30 to 100km daily. The scenery was breathtaking. In brightly coloured ponchos, we cycled through a monsoon, which was fun. To cool off, one day we all ran into the Mekong Delta.

“We had to be up for breakfast at 6am every morning. Every day, we each drank at least six litres of fluid, sometimes more, using re-hydration tablets and energy sachets as well. About every 15km there was a stop for drinks, ice, fruit, biscuits and bananas.

“I fell off my bike three times, once into a ditch of muddy, smelly water. Jake cycled with the fittest mainly at the front but he kept an eye on me at the back. We rode along a few surfaced roads, single lane tracks between paddy fields and sand, which was a killer, and also cycled off-road. Surprisingly, I got out of bed with no aches or pains, well not many, ready for the next day.”

She added: “The colourful people of Vietnam and Cambodia had so few material things, and the biggest smiles. But it was harrowing to see the genocide museum and the Killing Fields in Cambodia.

“The highlight of the trip was our last stop at the temples in Angkor Wat - spectacular at sunset.

“Our group of 30, each of whom had been touched by Alzheimer’s, was so supportive, wanting everyone to finish. Jake and I held hands as we crossed the finishing banner and I cried like a baby for the last 500 metres!

“Thank you to everyone for their support. We did it and we’ve got the bruises and medals to show for it!”.