Carmenutter (she responds best to Carmen)
Carmen is the brain behind this bike challenge. (And, as the pictures below prove, Ben provides the looks for the pair!) She is the auntie of little Sanziana, who suffers from Dravet Syndrome. Because she didn't like standing idle while her little niece was suffering, she decided to do whatever she could to help her. So, as Carmen enjoys cycling, especially when going downhill!!, she came up with the idea for this challenge, to go from the most eastern point of England, to its most western point, by bike!
Carmen is a Romanian girl, from Bucharest, who has just finished a Masters' programme in England, at Anglia Ruskin University. Because she wants you to know she is extremely clever (and modest, of course), she hurried to add that she finished her studies with a distinction!
In her spare time, when she is not bragging about how good she is, she likes to read, watch TV series and to do puzzles of all sorts and kinds. At the moment she's combining all three of them as she started reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels, she is obsessed with the BBC series Sherlock and well, she still does many puzzles. She also picked up this annoying habit of trying to guess people's backgrounds by observing them and their attire.
She also loves volunteering and so takes on a lot of extra work, which she really really enjoys. She thinks that the world is not a nice place at the moment and she tries really hard to change it for the better with whatever she does. She is a type of goody two-shoes really! And of course, as you can see her modesty is unimaginable.
Benutter (also known as Ben)
Another reason why this challenge appealed to me is because my dream is to travel the world. To experience different cultures and see as many of the beautiful places in it, the places I have only seen before in photographs. A good way to start this is by seeing more of England, the country that I live in! (This is also why I made the route a little longer than Carmen first intended)