Intrepid Burnmouth cyclist Gill Caine is now considering cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours for charity.
Gill spoke about her experience with arthritis and her cycling achievements during an event to celebrate the success of the second October Borders Challenge.
Organised by the Melrose branch of Arthritis Research UK, the Challenge was a resounding success, thanks to the support and generosity of people throughout the Borders, including Gill and the community of Burnmouth.
A number of individuals and groups supported the Challenge by organising a variety of fundraising activities which, together, resulted in a total of £4952.11 going to Arthritis Research UK.
They walked, ran, cycled, washed cars, held tea parties and coffee mornings and played golf. The money raised from every activity contributed to the final total.
Arthritis sufferer Gill, who has had two total hip replacements, cycled from Dover to Cape Wrath to raise funds, while Burnmouth village held a coffee morning in aid of the charity.
For many years, Gill took part in a number of sports including rugby and cycling. In 2009, she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and was told she needed two total hip replacements, which she had the following year.
Four weeks after the second one, she got back on her precious bike. As her 50th birthday approached, Gill decided to sign up to fulfil a long held ambition to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. She covered 990 miles in 14 days to complete the ride.
Within a week, she was on the internet looking for another challenge and decided to sign up for the Dover to Cape Wrath ride in July this year.
Gill said: “During a check up at the arthritis clinic at the BGH, I told the consultant about my next epic challenge and she asked if I was doing it in aid of charity.
“Knowing that I could manage the distance and would complete the ride, I thought ‘why not’? I didn’t have to spend much time thinking about which charity I would be fundraising for, so I was put in touch with the Melrose branch of Arthritis Research UK.”
Gill completed the Dover to Cape Wrath ride in 13 days, covering more than 995 miles. She is now tentatively planning a London to Paris in 24 hours ride next year.
She added: “I am thinking about some unsupported long distance riding but mainly I would just like to remain fit and well and be out on my bike.”