Group battles ‘horrendous’ weather in charity bike ride

BRAVING THE WEATHER A group of cyclists beat the elements in raising money for the NSPCC
BRAVING THE WEATHER A group of cyclists beat the elements in raising money for the NSPCC
Runners on Clarence Esplanade

Organiser hails 27th Great South Run a success as more than 20,000 brave the leftovers of Storm Brian

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SIXTEEN committed cyclists braved the rain on a 20-mile route to raise money for a charity which specialises in protecting children and their families from abuse.

The annual event, which runs along a disused railway line in Fareham, was held in aid of the NSPCC.

The event, now in its seventh year, has been organised each year by Brian Dunlop, of St Thomas Close, Fareham.

‘How anyone can neglect a child is beyond me,’ he said.

‘Everyone should have a childhood and to take that away from a child is disgraceful.

‘It is great that charities like the NSPCC exist to help these children.’

The group rode to Droxford, before turning back towards Fareham when the heavens opened and they were soaked by the heavy rain.

The bike ride always manages to gather a large number of willing participants from a variety of age groups.

Gordon Fryers, from Fareham, who has taken part in the ride for the past four years, said he would recommend the ride to anyone.

He said: ‘It’s a good cause, I have known Brian for years and I always like to support him.

‘It’s a straight track and usually a pretty gentle ride.

‘In recent years the weather has been better, it’s a shame it rained on the day but everyone remained in good spirits.

‘It’s a nice day out, you don’t see these people for a year, then you meet up and have a lovely day together.’

In total, the group managed to raise more than £800 for the NSPCC.

Mr Dunlop, a heating engineer, said: ‘Everyone worked really hard to raise the money.

‘The weather wasn’t bad going out but on the way back it was horrendous.

‘Everyone was determined to do it after raising the money but they were pleased when they finished.’

Mr Dunlop said he had plans to organise another ride next year.

To get involved call 07825 787793 or email b.dunlop1@btinternet.com.