On Saturday 13th May seven riders from Torbay will take on a mammoth 415 mile ride from Paignton Pier to a wedding at Gretna Green in a 30 hour bike ride challenge for Rowcroft Hospice.
Supported by Thompson Bikes UK and Torbay Motor Vehicle Repairs (TMVR); the groom Greg Laywood and best man Grant Laywood will be accompanied by five riders and members of the wedding party. Starting in Paignton the non-stop gruelling bike ride will continue throughout the night arriving at the wedding venue Gretna Green on Sunday at 6pm.
The Groom, Greg Laywood commented: “My lovely wife-to-be has put up with my obsession with riding for years so it seemed only natural to ride to the wedding! I can’t think of a better entrance than arriving after 415 miles on my bike. This is by far the longest ride we’ve done to date!”
Dan Maker of Greenover Sports, UK Distributor of Thompson Bikes UK commented; “To put it into perspective the distance from Lands End to John’ O’ Groats is 874 miles so their one off ride is almost half the length of the UK! This is a huge achievement and Thompson Bikes are proud to support such a challenge for a good cause!”
Community Fundraising Manager, Hayley Norrish, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to all those taking part in this gruelling bike challenge for Rowcroft! Every pound raised will make a huge difference; helping to make every day the best day possible for thousands of local people living with life-limiting illnesses, and their families. More than 70% of our funding comes from the local community and now, more than ever, we are so grateful for your support!”
Their dedicated team of organisers and supporters have already raised over £5000, a staggering £1500 more than their initial target! The riders will be departing this Saturday at 10am from Paignton Pier escorted by Torbay Mods Scooter Club so come down and show your support! You can also follow their progress on https://www.facebook.com/ThompsonBikesUK/
If you would like to donate to the Paignton Green to Gretna Green Rowcroft Charity Ride please visit their ‘Just giving’ Page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Carla-Gregory?utm_id=13Follow