Girl’s 300-mile ride around racecourses

Hannah Greenwood, who is cycling around all seven of Yorkshire's racecourses to help the poor in Cambodia.
Hannah Greenwood, who is cycling around all seven of Yorkshire's racecourses to help the poor in Cambodia.

Student Hannah Greenwood has set off a fundraising cycle challenge which will take her on a 300-mile journey to Ripon and six other Yorkshire racecourses.

Passionate about sport, 16-year-old Hannah enjoys tennis, golf, hockey and is on the England Rounders under 16 squad.

“For my Duke of Edinburgh Gold award I am booked on to the Mission Direct voluntary trip to Phnom Penh in Cambodia next February to help some of the poorest people in the world,” she said.

“My trip is paid for but as a family we have pledged to raise  £5,000 which is the cost of building  one house for a family that currently live on the rubbish tips  of Phnom Penh.

“It will be an amazing trip and I hope we can make the difference to one of the poorest communities in the world.  

“It has become our family goal  to raise the money and then help to  build a house for a family, every penny we raise will go to the house build.   

“As well as being a labourer for the house building, we will be working in the charities educational and welfare projects.

“I have the OK to teach the children in the school rounders which I am sure they will love – who doesn’t like rounders it is just a great game.”

Hannah continues: “My grandfather Pat Rohan was a racehorse trainer in Malton for many  years. 

“He died at Christmas so we came up with the idea of cycling around the Yorkshire racecourses.

“I start at Beverley and then cycle to Catterick, Doncaster, Pontefract, Thirsk, Ripon to finally finish at York next Wednesday.

“It is huge amount of money and I will be pedalling as hard as I can to buy as many bricks as possible while learning about my racing heritage and my grandfather along the way.”

Hannah has received the support of some of the leading figures in training, including Sir Michael Stoute who first worked for Hannah’s grandfather when he arrived in the UK.

Sir Michael said: “Hannah’s Grandfather Pat Rohan would have been very proud of her, as he was one of life’s givers”.

Visit  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/gogreenwood5 to sponsor Hannah,