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My journey to Race Across America, 2017

My name is Penny Barker. I’m a daughter, wife, veterinary surgeon and ultracyclist. My experiences in my personal and professional life have taught me that to be truly happy, we need to be true to ourselves and follow our dreams. These dreams cannot be restricted by age, background, experience or physical capability; the only limitations are those we place on ourselves.

I believe that the human body and mind are capable of amazing things, far greater than we ask of them. I believe it is our duty to ourselves to realise that potential and to use and celebrate the wonderful tools we have been given, as well as to experience the beautiful world in which we live.

In this spirit I’m taking on the world’s toughest bicycle race, Race Across America (RAAM), to explore the limits of my own physical and mental capability and to raise money for two charities that I’m passionate about.

This is a journey in 3 parts:

  • Qualification: Race Around Ireland, August 2015
  • Preparation:     Race Across the West, June 2016
  • RAAM Race Across America, June 2017  

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

Part of my promise to my crew, sponsors and donors is to create a legacy for my journey, including a significant contribution to the work of the BHF and Hounds for Heroes and a lasting awareness of their messages

I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Recent donors


03.08.17 For my brave daughter with love on a great achievement

03.08.17 A job well done

03.08.17 A great journey, we followed your flag all the way

03.08.17 With Love for a brave girl

20.07.17 Finally sorted it Pen (for shirt and raffle squares).


15.07.17 You'll always be my hero! The journey continues....3p per mile for the incredible 1844!!

05.07.17 You're awesome and I hope it's been going amazingly well!


02.07.17 From the raffle!

01.07.17 Money from Andy, Laura my mum and myself from the squares from the quiz! Sorry it's late!



21.06.17 "Be present, be curious, be quiet"


21.06.17 Well done Pen.

19.06.17 Time Station 9 - 21 (120 USD). Hills done, let's get this train a rollin' on the flats

15.06.17 Time station 1 - 9 (90USD). Crank it out PB!!!



15.06.17 Good luck!!

12.06.17 Go for it Penny! We are all behind you!!!

12.06.17 Start with the end in mind!

11.06.17 Go Penny go! Wish you a safe and successful ride - Good luck!


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Vicky Payne
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