Asia-bound on bike

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A Mansfield woman is cycling 290 miles between Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat for children’s charity the NSPCC.

Brave Karon Maxwell has never been to Southeast Asia or even cycled very far for that matter but wanted a new challenge to raise money for a cause close to her heart.

Karon (52), who works at F A Henshaws furniture shop, said a recent injury had prompted the decision.

“Just after Christmas I slipped over and dislocated my shoulder and felt like an old lady,” she said.

“I am a member of the NSPCC locally and have got to that time in my life where I wanted to do something big.

“I am quite nervous about it now. I am beginning to think it is the most stupid thing I thought I could do in my life.”

The ride, which is a mixture of on and off-road terrain, must be completed in six days, with the longest day being 55 miles.

Said Karon: “I have loved the training and have been all over Sherwood Pines and now have a new-found love of cycling.

“I have been building up each week going further distance-wise and trying to go everyday.

“I started out quite unfit but this has improved my fitness quite a lot.”

As Karon is Mansfield born and bred she will definitely be challenged by the humid temperatures during her challenge but is up for the slog nonetheless.

Her ride will be supported by Charity Challenge. For more information visit

If you would like to sponsor Karon visit Maxwell.