Elaine is 43 years old and lives near Dunblane, where she runs her successful home improvements business. Previous employment includes outdoor sports instructing, voluntary fire fighter and working as a Sports Development Officer.
Elaine won the inaugural Woman’s Scottish Mountain Bike Cross Country series in the early 1990’s and defended her title for a number of years. She then continued her sporting achievements gaining a place in the British team in the European Adidas Challenge in 1993. Since then she has completed solo unsupported bicycle tours of Australia, New Zealand and Chile (2000-1). She rode Land’s End to John O’ Groats – again solo and unsupported – in 7 days (1000miles). Elaine has also competed extensively in 10 & 24 hour mountain bike endurance races, which she dominated for a number of years.
Now classed as a super vet Elaine entered the first Red Bull Foxhunt with Rachel Atherton (Present No 1) last year. Out of 117 riders, across all age categories, she gained a podium 3rd place.
Adrenaline sports have always floated my boat
Elaine has skied (BASI Instructor), sea paddled, sailed, canoe surfed and paraglided extensively in Scotland and other locations around the world.
Elaine’s strengths are her mental attitude, her physical stamina, strength and fitness and her self-reliance, confidence and ability to thrive in solitary environments.
Elaine was diagnosed with ulcerated colitis, a disease of the colon, 13 years ago. By the time she was diagnosed she had become very ill, lost two stones in weight, had constant abdominal pains and was unable to walk more than a few metres. Elaine returned to health once the correct diagnosis was made and treatment commenced and she has followed a rigorous dietary plan, as advised by her consultant, ever since, keeping the illness in remission.
To cross an ocean under her own steam has been a goal and dream that for years has remained unfulfilled as Elaine was needed to support her mother Janice. Following Janice’s diagnosis of early onset dementia aged 55 she soon needed Elaine’s everyday support. For more than a decade Elaine proudly supported her mother and indeed gave up her career at that time to care for Janice full time, as the dementia slowly crippled her life. Elaine was with her Mum at the end…
I held my mum’s hand as she took her last breath and kissed her good bye.
All the pain and suffering was over. Elaine feels the need to raise funds for this little understood disease – funds that will contribute towards the very promising work that is being done in dementia research thus hopefully preventing future generations from experiencing the pain and distress dementia causes. Elaine dedicates this row to her parents who she knows will be with her all the way and who instilled in her the love of the outdoors from a very early age and the drive that will make the crossing possible.