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Katy's Cycling the Via de la Plata - a Camino of 1,000km...

I'm cycling to Santiago de Compostela from Seville for Sussex Cricket Foundation because I'm a trustee and it's a fantastic organisation!

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Sussex Cricket Foundation

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Those of you who know me will probably already be aware that I've done three "Caminos" to Santiago de Compostela in the past - biking my way (usually solo) along these 1000-year-old pilgrim routes, singing at the many churches along the way as I go.

Well, this is my biggest Camino challenge yet: cycling the Via de la Plata route, from Seville in southern Spain to Santiago in the north, which is a pip over 1,000km.

I'll be doing this in early summer on a mountain bike (much of it is off-road), and it'll take me 18 days (well, 17 plus a rest day). And this year I'm asking for your sponsorship again. A penny a kilometre would be £10...or please feel free to donate any multiple of this!

It's for a cause very close to my heart - the Sussex Cricket Foundation (https://sussexcricket.co.uk/sussex-cricket-foundation-0), of which I am a trustee. The SCF does wonderful work across the county in getting people of all ages and abilities to be more active - taking part in what is (let's face it) the greatest of all sports. My involvement is around the health aspects of all this - not just the physical benefits of the game, but the mental health side, too, whether it's tackling social isolation among older people or improving concentration among schoolchildren. These benefits are beyond price.

So - please sponsor me! I'll be blogging about the trip, probably at this site, which also contains the blog of my last two Caminos (from Lisbon to Santiago in 2016 and from Bilbao to Santiago in 2018), so you can read all about my previous exploits already: https://katycamino.wordpress.com/

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  • Not my best side...but the SCF T-shirt is visible :) Here I am outside Salamanca Cathedral, just over the half-way point.
  • Almost the length of Spain... +2

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