05:02AM, Tuesday 25 June 2013
The newly appointed deputy head of Trevelyan Middle School has completed a gruelling 112 mile cycle ride raising funds to help Motor Neurone Disease sufferers - only six months after buying her first bike.
Nicola Chandler, 38 lives in Windsor and is married to Mike, 39, who was diagnosed with the progressively disabling condition two years ago.
On Sunday, June 9 the mother of two raised £2,300 from sponsorship by taking part in the London Ride of Champions - covering the Olympic cycling route between Richmond and London via Box Hill in Dorking, Surrey. She was among the first three to complete the harrowing ride.
Nicola has previously fundraised by taking part in Windsor's half marathon.
She said: "I only got a bike at Christmas but I found it incredibly refreshing. By April I won a silver medal in a 72 mile ride.
"Sunday's event was not a race. I just stayed with the leaders because I wanted to get home to Mike and the children as quickly as possible. So I only stopped for the occasional five minutes and a banana.
"The hardest part was the last 10 miles in London with all that traffic, stopping and starting. It was hard to keep having to get on and off the bike when I just wanted to get to the end but Mike was waiting for me in the car."
Mike’s illness is slowly progressing but the family - which also includes children Freddie, six and Ellie Joy, four - have learned to cope positively with the debilitating condition.
Nicola's parents Ralph and Joy Cooper have started the East Berkshire and Windsor Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Anyone still wishing to donate can do so by visiting Nicola’s just giving page on www.justgiving.com/Nicola-CHANDLER1
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