Rotherham mum to cycle 160 miles to help firemen

Jay Stocks, ahead of her cycling challenge on Sunday
Jay Stocks, ahead of her cycling challenge on Sunday

Jay Stocks is a brave lady.

The 44-year-old mum-of-two is taking on the challenge of a lifetime this weekend - cycling 160 miles across the region for charity.

And Jay is the first to admit it’s an act of madness.

“I’m middle-aged, not mega fit, I have asthma, coeliac disease and I’m anaemic - hardly the billboard model for a cycling challenge,” she admitted.

“But it’s for a fantastic cause, and my two kids think I’m a superhero for doing it, so I’m absolutely determined to give it my all.”

Jay, who lives with her children and partner in Treeton, Rotherham, will be joining a team of 20 fundraisers on Sunday, as they cycle to every fire station in the region - a task expected to take around 14 hours.

“It’s just typical to me that I ended up doing this in the hilliest region in the country!” laughed Jay.

Jay was inspired to take part in the challenge after chatting to a group of off-duty firemen at a local triathlon.

“They were raising money for the Firefighters Charity, which helps injured firemen, those who are forced to retire early with little financial help and families of firemen killed in the line of duty,” explained Jay, who works as a yoga teacher.

“It touched me and I wanted to help them. I’m the only woman taking part but I’m determined to complete the challenge, however long it may take me.

“I want my children to be proud of me and think I’m brave and that I put myself on the line for people. I’m not an athlete, I’m just a regular mum - but to them, I’m the supermum who walks them to school and then hops on my bike and rides to works and it means an awful lot to me to be a positive role model for my children.

“If I’m going to ask for a donation of people’s hard-earned money, I want to know I earned it, that I put myself so far out of my comfort zone for something that was important to me.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/Jay-Stocks3 to sponsor Jay.