• Nightrider Sam pedals through the dark

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    Nightrider Sam pedals through the dark

    Charity fundraiser Sam Egan’s latest venture took her on a night-time cycle ride from Windsor to Buckingham Palace and back in support of three cancer charities.

    Nightrider Sam pedals through the dark

    Charity fundraiser Sam Egan’s latest venture took her on a night-time cycle ride from Windsor to Buckingham Palace and back in support of three cancer charities.

    Nightrider Sam pedals through the dark

    Charity fundraiser Sam Egan’s latest venture took her on a night-time cycle ride from Windsor to Buckingham Palace and back in support of three cancer charities.

    • Sam’s previous challenges have included sponsored runs and a tandem sky dive for charity, but the Women-v-Cancer Ride the Night event was her first on two wheels.

      She had prepared for the 100km distance through long training rides around Windsor Great Park, but had omitted one element of this particular challenge – she had never practised riding in the dark.

      “I set off at 10.30pm and was OK to begin with as there were street lights along the route leaving Windsor Racecourse, but after a little while they ended and it was just pitch black,” she explained. “With so many miles ahead of me, I just didn’t think I was going to be able to do it.

      “Still, I kept going and eventually could see the lights of other riders out in front of me and from then on I was fine.

      “Riding through the night was quite a bizarre experience. It was hard work, but exciting and I would really like to take part in the event again next year.”

      More than 3,000 women had entered for this year’s event, which was organised by Action for Charity for the women’s cancer charities Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

      Among those also taking part were Countdown's Rachel Riley and Olympic cycling bronze medallist Katy Marchant.

      For Sam, an e-business co-ordinator at the Bracknell site, the charities benefiting from the event are close to her heart. After recovering from breast cancer in 2012, the cancer has since come back twice and although she appears clear of it now, she is still receiving biological therapy treatment every three weeks.

      So far, she has raised more £1,200 in sponsorship.