GRANADA TV’s Lucy Meacock, from Chester, is not sure what to wear for her latest role as ambassador for a breast cancer charity.

The blonde newsreader, who is usually seen on ITV screens in a smart suit, is hoping to avoid lycra ‘at all costs’ when she jumps in the saddle for a 48-mile bike ride on Sunday.

“Let’s just say I haven’t chosen my outfit,” said Lucy who travels regularly between Chester and Manchester for her job.

“I drive along the M56 which is pretty flat, but the route we are taking isn't. Whoever said Cheshire was flat was lying!”

Lucy has been in training with three of her friends and they have already done a 20 mile round trip to Connah’s Quay, along the Greenway, and a 32 mile trip through Cheshire.

Lucy lost both of her parents to cancer when she was in her 20s but she said it was hearing a cancer survivor talk at a charity dinner that inspired her to take on the challenge.

“I was 15 when I was told that my mother had terminal cancer. She survived until I was 24 and those extra years were a real bonus.

“Buying time for people with cancer is critical. A lot of women with breast cancer have small children and they need extra time with their mum.

“This woman at Breakthrough Breast Cancer explained the extra five years she had been given with treatment meant she saw her daughter start secondary school and met her first boyfriend.”

As an ambassador for the charity in the North West, any money Lucy raises will support research at Christie Hospital in Manchester.