Lisa gets back in the saddle

Lisa Corbett gears up for a 350-mile charity bike ride despite not having cycled for 20 years.
Lisa Corbett gears up for a 350-mile charity bike ride despite not having cycled for 20 years.

The daughter of a Scarborough businessman is calling upon residents to support her in a fundraising mission which will see her take part in a gruelling long-distance charity bike ride.

Lisa Corbett, 42, daughter of Scarborough Specsavers store director, Alasdair Corbett, is set to take on 350 miles in the Big Battlefield Bike Ride, raising much-needed cash for Help for Heroes.

On May 27, Lisa will begin her journey from the Eiffel Tower in Paris and cycle the distance alongside a group of fellow fundraisers, all the way to Horse Guards Parade in London.

Lisa, who hasn’t cycled for 20 years, is urging locals to support her in her challenge by pledging a small donation in the fundraising buckets which can be found in Specsavers, in Westborough.

Lisa, who works for Help for Heroes, said: “It is a worthwhile charity and I hope local people will support me by donating using the collection boxes in the Scarborough Specsavers store.

“The bike ride will be very daunting, but every time I start to feel nervous about it, I remember all of the brave soldiers who have returned home wounded from Afghanistan and who still compete in more challenging events than this one – they are hugely inspiring. I am just extremely excited that the money raised will go to a fantastic charity, which I have had the honour of working with for the past year.”

Getting back in the saddle after 20 years will be a huge challenge and in preperation Lisa has spent many hours training for the event.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for me because I haven’t cycled in such a long time. I’ve spent the last five months on a turbo trainer in front of the television, trying to prepare myself but I will certainly be investing in gel-filled padded shorts and a very comfortable bicycle seat,” she said.

On June 2, participants will be joined and led by wounded servicemen, women and veterans in the Hero Ride, which will continue for the final 10-mile stretch of the route. Beginning in London’s Blackheath, the event will be England’s biggest ever cycling demonstration of support for the wounded.