Jayne bikes 500 miles in the footsteps of the pilgrims

Jayne Metcalfe and Kay Beckett at the Camino having just cycled through Pamplona''The duo were cycling around Spain to raise money for Martin's House in memory of Matthew Henson
Jayne Metcalfe and Kay Beckett at the Camino having just cycled through Pamplona''The duo were cycling around Spain to raise money for Martin's House in memory of Matthew Henson
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CYCLIST Jayne Metcalfe rode 500 miles on an ancient pilgrimage route in memory of a friend.

The 41-year-old, of Rastrick, travelled with fellow cyclist Kay Beckett from Roncesvalles on the French border to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

The pair were raising money for Martin House Hospice, near Wetherby, which cared for her neighbour and friend Matthew Henson, who died last year aged 24 of a brain tumour.

Jayne, a behavioural tutor at Rastrick High School, and Kay spent 10 days cycling along the ancient pilgrimage route.

She said: “It was hard going at times and some of the climbs were very tough but you were always rewarded with stunning views. We saw very few female cyclists and we were unusual in carrying our own kit – most cyclists on the route sent their luggage on ahead.

“But, though it might have taken us longer to get to the hostels at the end of the day, we always got there in the end. There was a lot of good-humoured banter and everyone was very encouraging and supportive.”

The friends met in 2007 on a sponsored cycle ride in Saigon, Vietnam.

This pilgrim route was a personal ambition for Jayne.

Jayne said: “We got on well and have stayed in contact ever since. I’ve wanted to cycle the pilgrim’s way for some time and when Matthew became very ill the ride began to take shape.

“Kay said she was keen to do it and we started planning in March.”

She added: “Michael was just a fantastic young man and we all remember him.”

To sponsor Jayne visit www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Henson.