Friends to pedal 100 miles for cancer fund which cared for Ann Woodman
A GROUP of Tiverton friends are preparing to cycle 100 miles in a day in memory of one of their mums.
Ben Woodman's mother Ann died last year and Ben and his friends have decided to undertake the ride to raise money for cancer charity Force, which helped support Ann throughout her illness.
Among those joining the team is Ben's friend Ross McMillan, 25.
The team will be taking in some of the area's where Force helps support cancer patients and their families. The team will set off from Tiverton Rugby Club and will ride up to Dulverton, along to South Molton and then to Topsham before returning to finish in Tiverton.
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Ross said though they would starting together, there was no guarantee they would finish together, as the team of nine or 10 riders have a range of riding experience and fitness. He said: "A couple of the more hardened riders have said they are hoping to cover the distance in less than four hours, but I think most will be happy if we can finish in eight.
"I have known Ben since we were 11, and most of the other members of the team I have known since we went to Tiverton High School.
"The majority of us are from the Tiverton area, but two brothers in the team, Luke and Ashley, are from Willand and one works in London and is coming down especially for this ride."
The planned day for the ride is Saturday, March 16, and Ross said before then, lots of training would have to be undertaken in preparation for the route which includes some undulating climbs.
Ross and Ben said they were grateful to Jay Cowley from the Bike Shop in Gold Street who is sponsoring the riders and providing water bottles and repair kits for friends and family of the riders to take in a support vehicles.
Ross works in sales for Homebase in Tiverton and as well as asking regular customers to sponsor him to complete the epic ride, methods for online giving had also been set up.
Nearly £200 has already been pledged online through a Virgin Money page, to go and make your own donation, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Annwoodman.