OLYMPIAN Holly Bleasdale swapped the pole vault for the bike saddle during a charity ride in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice, near Preston.

The Blackburn Harrier was joined on the 30-mile ride by her fiancé Paul Bradshaw, who completed the challenge on top of the gruelling Liverpool Marathon. The 24-year-old completed the road race in a personal best time of 3 hours 18 minutes, before meeting Holly at the finish line to cycle back to her family home in Euxton.

They completed the cycle in 2 hours 39 minutes, before celebrating with a home-coming hotpot with Holly’s parents.

The couple, who are preparing to temporarily move to America to be near Holly’s new coach, expect to raise more than £1,000.

Holly, 20, said: “My wrists and bum were a little sore, but I didn’t feel too tired and my legs were okay. We were lucky the route was quite flat and the weather was nice.

“It felt really good to be giving something back and supporting such a great cause, and I was pleased to be there for Paul – giving him that extra push towards the finish line, when he’d already worked so hard in the marathon.”

from: http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/blackburn/9994466.Hospice_in_pole_position_in_Olympian___s_charity_cycle/

Holly Bleasdale

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