A HUXLEY couple raised more than £2000 by cycling nearly 550 miles across Spain in under 20 days.
Malcolm and Anne Smart, both aged 66 of Huxley, cycled along an ancient pilgrim route, the Camino de Santiago, from Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees, to Santiago in Galicia in North West Spain.
The couple encouraged people to sponsor their epic journey to raise money for the Tarporley War Memorial Hospital League of Friends and the Hargrave and Huxley Happy Days Fund.
The whole route took the couple 19 days of cycling to complete and throughout their journey they carried all their own baggage on their bikes and stayed mainly in small hostels called “albergues”.
The pair had to cross two major mountain ranges, reaching an altitude of more than 5,000ft on one occasion and had to cycle both on and off-road.
Anne said: “Though we had done a fair bit of training, we set off in some trepidation being both 66 years of age. We had never done such a long trip by bike before. However, we completed the trip with few problems and were surprised at our fitness! We never had one puncture.”
“We were surprised and humbled by the generosity of so many people who sponsored us.”
On November 21 they presented Tarporley War Memorial Hospital League of Friends with a cheque for £1,012.50, having raised twice this amount, £2025, in sponsorship.