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15th October, 2012

Lawyer gets back in saddle for India charity trek


A SOLICITOR’S cycling career is enjoying an Indian summer as she gears up for a epic bike ride across the rugged terrain of the world’s largest democracy.

Helen Watson, partner and head of employment law at Chester-based Aaron & Partners, recently got back in the saddle for the first time since her teens in preparation for the fundraising adventure.

The epic ride will see the 37-year-old cycle from Agra to Jaipur in Rajasthan, North West India over five days in October, raising funds for cancer charities and Claire House Children’s Hospice, where she is vice chair of the board of trustees.

Helen, of Little Neston, said: I run regularly and am quite fit but this will be the biggest challenge of my life.

I ran the London Marathon earlier this year, but getting your legs and body ready for long-haul cycling is an entirely different proposition.

I have never been to India before, and while it’s a daunting prospect in many ways I cannot wait to get out there.

The performance of Bradley Wiggins and Team GB’s other cycling stars at the Olympics was inspirational. Their example will definitely help to keep me going during those long, hot days in the blazing sun.

Helen signed up for the ride in memory of a close friend who died last year. As part of her rigorous training regime, she took part in a charity bike ride from Chester to Liverpool and back in aid of Claire House in July.

She is also attending spinning classes and hitting the gym regularly.

Getting the Chester to Liverpool ride under my belt was important as it gave me a lot of confidence. I also attended a specialist training session in the Cotswolds, and am really concentrating on building up my stamina during the last few weeks of preparation.

So far I have raised more than £3,000, which I’m really pleased with, but every penny counts and I would ask people to dig deep to support a fantastic cause.

Helen will be one of around 50 women taking part in the ride, which starts on October 19. The party will be sleeping in tents en-route, with the first day’s cycling alone covering 80 miles.

The ride has been organised by Women V Cancer, which supports charities researching breast, cervical and ovarian cancer.

You will be able to see updates and track Helen’s progress across Rajasthan via our dedicated page at aarons.weareweb.space/helensbigbikeride



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