Leeds restaurant owner serves up cash treat for research

A Leeds restaurant owner is toasting customers who helped her raise nearly £6,000 for charity with a cycle trek across south-east Asia.

Justine Gregory, who runs the Salut Restaurant in Rothwell inspired diners and staff to sponsor her to the tune of 5,798 for Cancer Research UK as she rode the 400 miles from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to the Angkor Wat temple site in Cambodia.

Justine, 40, of Moortown, only took up serious cycling a year ago.

She was spurred to take on the challenge to honour the memory of her dad - keen cyclist Michael who died in 2008 - and that of Jackie Pritchard, the mother of her best friend Michaela Irish, who lost her life to cancer last March.

The ride to Angkor Wat - a World Heritage site - took eight days of on- and off-road cycling with a team of 14 fellow charity fundraisers.

She crossed the finishing line on the day of her 40th birthday, wearing her father's cycling shirt.

Justine said: "It has been an amazing experience.

"I have had to train myself to cycle up to 80 miles a day. I love cycling and aim to get out on my bike on a regular basis.

"I would like to thank everyone who has got behind me. I hope the money can go some way to finding new treatments and cures, so other people don't lose their loved ones so young."

Justine will now take on the new 170-mile Way of the Roses cycle route from Morecambe to Bridlington later this year.

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