Monday, 04 November 2013 11:19
One of Sandwell’s Olympic torchbearers is gearing up for a life changing cycle ride across the Himalayas – and is calling on local people to join her.
Juanita Williams, aged 52, from Oldbury, is taking on the 315-mile cycling challenge for the Macmillan cancer charity.
She hopes to raise cash in memory of her late father, Bob Mansell, former owner of a cycle shop in Smethwick who was also a cycling coach for Sandwell schools. He died in 2005.
Juanita has already raised over £30,000 for Macmillan since 2005, riding in places as far afield as Peru, Vietnam, China, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Kenya and Tanzania.
The Himalayan ride – in October 2014 – kicks off in Amritsar in the Punjab, which is twinned with Sandwell.
Juanita was one of 13 torchbearers from Sandwell to be chosen to carry the Olympic torch in the borough.
She believes she is the only rider from the borough already signed up to take part.
She said: “It would be nice to see other people from Sandwell getting involved.
“It’s a great opportunity to take part in a life changing experience and raise money for a super cause at the same time.”
After leaving Amritsar and its famous Golden Temple, the Macmillan Indian Himalayan Cycle Challenge winds through the beautiful Dhauladhar mountains, the outermost range of the Himalayas and the Jalori Pass before making its way into the city of Delhi.
People wanting to contribute to Juanita’s sponsorship fund should go to www.justgiving.com/juannydoesindia