Emma Griffin, 20, from Cradley Heath, Birmingham, is taking part in Deloitte Ride Across Britain and hoping to raise £2000 for the Princes Trust. So far she has raised £975.

Princes TrustI started cycling just under 2 years ago, and instantly loved it! I am a mountain biker at heart, and it’s often muddy, wet and cold, but so exhilarating and completely worth the pain of the hills.

I bought my road bike in order to try and build my muscles to make the mountain biking easier, and found another new hobby. My weekends soon became mountain biking on Saturday and road cycling on Sunday, which was perfect – if not a little tiring.

I stumbled across Deloitte Ride Across Britain, and thought that would be a really good challenge, definitely something to remember. I am now riding the 969 miles in order to raise money for The Princes Trust – and to top it all off, I will cross the Scottish boarder on my 21st birthday. Definitely a way to remember it!

I wanted to raise money for the Prince’s Trust because I was given a training contract by my employer, KPMG, without which I wouldn’t have been able to go to university. I started after my A’Levels and I spend about half the time at university and half the time at work as an auditor. At the end of the five years I will have an Accountancy degree from the University of Birmingham and be a chartered accountant with ICAS. Therefore I wanted to raise money to help support other people my age who also need help.

To raise money I have been baking, a lot. I completed a sprint triathlon to combine training and fundraising, have been washing cars and I have made preserves using the apples in my garden which I’m selling. Obviously, I’ve also used blackmail and persuasion on my family and friends!

Training for the ride has been tough – getting the rides in around work and studying has turned into a bit of a mission. My new routine involves getting up at 4am to either do hill repeat endurance rides or two to three hours before work. It can certainly be a bit tiring, but hopefully it will all pay off.

I’m still wondering what the heck I’ve let myself in for. I know it’s going to be a bit painful, and I am sure there will be times I’d rather sell my bike than get back on it. I’m hoping the beautiful scenery along the way will help me through. So all in all, I’m a bit nervous, but I cannot wait for the epic journey I have ahead of me. I’m glad I get to do it to raise money for such a good cause.

Emma’s fundraising page can be found here.

Last year Deloitte Ride Across Britain raised more than £1million for good causes. The Ride raises the highest fundraising per head in the UK, for a mass participation event.
Source: Virgin Money Giving