MANY might grumble about the daily journey to work but spare a thought for Marty Pike - who’s biking over 40 miles a day.
The mum-of-two is cycling 21 miles each way to prepare for a charity challenge in a couple of weeks time.
Setting out from her Solihull Lodge home at 6.30am, she’s taking a round-about route to the airport, where she works.
Her extended commute takes her through the likes of Hockley Heath and Barston and finally back up to the airport site.
It’s all ideal preparation for a 900-mile ride, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, in aid of Action Medical Research.
“It’s a nine-day challenge, 100 miles a day, so I thought that going to work the long way would be good preparation,” she said.
“Though it’s an early start, I’m managing to fit in over 200 miles in five days, which is very useful.”
Thirty-nine-year-old Marty has cycled coast-to-coast three times and has taken part in numerous half marathons.
For her latest challenge, her toughest yet, she hopes to raise £2000 for the ground-breaking children’s charity.
“Action Medical Research has been going over 60 years,” said Marty, “It started with them trying to find a polio vaccine.
“Since then they’ve done so much research and good work and I’d like to raise a good sum for them.”
* To sponsor Marty, go to www.action.org.uk/sponsor/martyend2endcycle