Cyclist scales the heights for charity

Catherine Fielding on her charity cycle ride in Italy
Catherine Fielding on her charity cycle ride in Italy
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A woman from Halifax has used her pedal power to raise almost £1000 for Parkinson’s UK.

Catherine Fielding, 37, was one of 13 cyclists who spent seven days pedalling across the Italian Dolomites, a mountain range in north east Italy.

Her numerous mountain ascents included the Passo Gavia, 2621m, Passo Mortirolo, 1852m and the Passo Stelvio, 2757m, which is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps,

The journey began in Milan before moving on to a commune called Corvara, then Mezzolombardo in the city of Trento.

The final day saw the group visit Lake Como before riding on to the Madonna di Ghisallo chapel & cycle museum.

The group scaled a total of 46,000 feet during the trip.

Catherine, a self-employed plumber from Greetland, said: “It was fabulous, absolutely amazing. The scenery from the mountains was awe-inspiring.

“There was just one day when it rained but otherwise the weather was beautiful.

“The sense of achievement in getting to the top was incredible - I had no idea you could cycle so high!

“Everyone’s just been so supportive and their generosity has been wonderful.

“My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008 and has received support from the charity.

“This is my way of saying thank you for working hard to find a cure for the disease and looking after my dad.”