Partner fell into Bristol Harbour and died when his wheels caught in a rail track

A man whose cycling buddy died when she fell into the harbour at Bristol is to embark on the 200 mile charity bike ride they had planned together.

Sean Philips, 40, fell into the water near M Shed on March 6, when his front wheel caught in railway tracks and he collided with the Balmoral. He fell into freezing water, and although pulled out by passers-by, did not survive.

His friend and colleague Tom Casey, 48, said he had struggled to continue without Sean.

He told the Bristol Evening Post: "I did not cycle for three weeks afterwards and originally I was not going to do it (the charity ride). But then I decided to go ahead and complete the ride for Sean's chosen charity and for Sean too."

Tom has begun the ride to Amsterdam they planned together, and has adopted Sean's charity, hoping to increase the £8,500 he had already raised.

To view the charity ride details or donate, click here.


After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.