A bereaved father has completed a 200-mile ride from Bristol Children’s Hospital to Land’s End on the bike that belonged to his daughter who died from a brain tumour at the age of seven.
The ride by Peter Williams from Penzance aimed to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity in memory of his daughter Ellie, a keen cyclist who had been able to ride without stabilisers at the age of three.
As of Sunday lunchtime, almost £40,000 had been donated via his Just Giving page – four times his £10,000 target.
Mr Williams, who stands six feet tall, undertook the journey on her Isla Bikes bicycle, and said before setting off that as a result he would have to ride much of it out of the saddle.
He told BBC News: “People have been stopping me on the way, giving me donations, tooting their horns.
“At one stage, a sheepdog tried herding me into a field with some sheep.
“That was a bit of a worry but I’ve only had one puncture in 200 miles, so it couldn’t have gone better.
“Ellie was a delightful little girl. She was really creative, sporty,” he added.
“She had a brilliant personality and she would have been right behind me on this ride, I can guarantee it.”
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.