THREE South Lakes women have described their tough challenge to raise money for a charity close to their hearts as “epic” and “incredible”.

Emma Grunnill, Harriet Metcalfe and Bev Crosby were involved in the Prudential Ride which involved a gruelling 100 mile cycle from London to Surrey in a bid to fundraise vital funds for the Bendrigg Trust.

Miss Grunnill, owner of Grunnill Fitness, chose to do this challenge in order to get over her hatred for cycling.

“I wasn’t very good and couldn’t seem to get any better,” she said. “I just hated cycling, but this was an incredible experience.

“I think it’s one of my proudest moments crossing the finish line with a tank on zero and just my mind keeping me pedalling.”

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 was born following the legacy for cycling that was created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Starting from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the route follows through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside and finished on The Mall in central London.

Harriet Metcalfe, of Old Hutton, said she wanted to do her part and help raise money for her local charity.

“I feel very thankful to everyone who sponsored us,” she said.

“The atmosphere was incredible on the day and spurred me on through the London landmarks and Surrey hills.”

Together they have managed to raise more than £1,000 for The Bendrigg Trust, an outdoor activity centre for people with disabilities and special needs.

Bev Cosby, a senior mental health practitioner from Kirkby Lonsdale, said since having a baby she was keen to get back to being active.

“After having a baby nearly two years ago I felt it was time to set myself a challenge so when I was asked to do the ride I thought it would be perfect,” she said.

“It was an amazing experience to be part of such a big cycling event, seeing all the sights and knowing I was riding for the Bendrigg Trust made the hard work all worth it.”

“I am still in shock that I actually cycled for eight hours straight,” added Miss Grunnill, who now has hopes to chase other cycling challenges.

“Me and my bike are now best friends, I am so happy.”