Norwich solicitor completes gruelling Costa Rica cycle challenge for the Farm Safety Foundation
An agricultural solicitor from Norwich has succeeded in an adventurous cycle crossing of Costa Rica to raise money and awareness for a farm safety charity.
Sarah Ellero, who works at Leathes Prior in Cathedral Close, endured tropical temperatures and steep volcanic terrain to cycle 460km on the daunting six-day journey between the central American country’s Pacific and Caribbean coasts.
En route, the 26-year-old crossed the Arenal Dam and camped near the base of the active Arenal Volcano.
“The terrain for the first two days was very hilly and it was a “crash course” in mountain biking for me with steep ascents, crazy descents and cycling through rivers,” she said.
“The heat was probably the most challenging factor, with averages of 36-40 degrees during the day. We were drinking 500-750ml of water ever hour to keep hydrated while cycling.
“The trip was a little more adventurous than I had expected, with plenty of rickety bridge crossings, rafting across rivers and cycling along railway lines.
“But the team of people I was cycling with were a fantastic bunch with a really positive attitude. As a team we helped each other get through the tougher parts of the trip.
“Most nights we set up our tents in local community halls. Sleeping on concrete floors wasn’t particularly comfy but it meant that we could keep our kit outside our tents without it getting wet. A couple of nights we slept in the more rural campsites. It was great to feel like you were camping in the jungle, although you had to be very careful of creepy crawlies if you left your tent at night.”
So far, the effort has raised £1,382 for the Farm Safety Foundation, a charity which Miss Ellero said she had chosen because she had friends and clients who had been affected by farming accidents, with life-changing results.
“I am so pleased with how much has been raised for Farm Safety Foundation so far, and my trip has been a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness of their farm safety campaign,” she said.