Rachel Wright, leader at 1st Mile Oak Brownies pushed herself to the limit by cycling more than 300 miles through Vietnam and Cambodia. She was part of a group of 13 volunteers to take on the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for Girlguiding in November 2016.
Rachel said: “When I signed up I wasn’t a cyclist but felt it was a great opportunity to challenge myself to get fit, fundraise and give myself a goal to aim for before I reached my 50th birthday which I celebrated just after my return from the trip.
“By taking part in this challenge I hope I can encourage young girls in Girlguiding to face their own challenges; to do their best at all times and to reach their own goals in life.” The 12 day ride took Rachel from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat and she said one of the highlights was cycling at night, describing the experience as ‘nerve wracking and exciting.’ Rachel said: “The heat and humidity was not something you could prepare for and cycling in temperatures of 36 degrees in sweaty lycra was quite challenging at times. We certainly appreciated the swimming pool in the hotel in Phnom Penh, it was amazing.” In total Rachel raised over £3,900 for Girlguiding and the group as a whole raised £36,000.