Britain’s First All-Female Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) Team Cycle The Race Across America
The first British female wounded, injured and sick team will cycle 3,000 miles, coast to coast, in June 2019. Founded and led by Major Sally Orange RAMC, the women will inspire each other and the wider community whilst raising awareness of physical and mental health related conditions.
Kicking off at Lee Valley Velodrome at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the incredible ‘Mind Over Matter’ team met together for the first time to share their inspirational stories of injury and recovery before joining supporters for a race on the track to officially mark the start of their extraordinary journey.
The 3,000-mile non-stop race will take the team through 12 US states, from Oceanside in California to Annapolis in Maryland, climbing over 170,000 feet in temperatures ranging from -5 to +45 degrees Celsius. Supported by Leadership Challenges, with pledges from other charities, ‘Mind Over Matter’ are taking on this challenge to rediscover their focus, confidence and to encourage other women to take up cycling, no matter what their age or mental and physical conditions may be.
The team, consisting of 8 cyclists and a support crew will depart for Los Angeles and embark on their gruelling adventure on June 8 2019.
The team’s challenge ambassador, Dame Sarah Storey DBE commented:
“What these remarkable ladies are embarking on is truly inspirational, they have my utmost respect”
The Cyclists, ‘Mind Over Matter’
- Anna Pollock (36) – RAF veteran medical assistant from Middlesbrough (Adaptive)
- Francie Clarkson (57) – Founder patron of Help For Heroes from Oxfordshire
- Linda Chen (58) – Retired NHS nurse, from Worcester (Adaptive)
- Margaret Jenkins (68) – Retired businesswoman from Carmarthenshire (Adaptive)
- Nerys Pearce (36) – Army veteran from Reading (Adaptive)
- Sally Orange (45) – Serving Army Reserve physiotherapist from Staffordshire (Adaptive)
- Sarah Hulme (33) – Civilian pharmacy technician from East Yorkshire (Adaptive)
- Tara Robertson (44) – Army veteran from Reading (Adaptive)
The ‘Mind Over Matter’ team will be fundraising for leading UK charity Women in Sport, who’s vision it is to create a society where women and men have equal opportunities in sport. So many women and girls are currently missing out on the lifelong benefits of physical activity and Women in Sport want to change this. The organisation researches sport purely from the perspective of women and girls, with the insight gained used to drive change through campaigns and partnerships.
To donate to the ‘Mind Over Matter’ team’s challenge visit their fundraising page.