A GROUP of friends cycled hundreds of miles in memory of their friend, Jonny Griffin.
The group organised the trip from Anfield Football Stadium in Liverpool to the Delme Arms in Fareham in honour of Jonny, who died a few weeks ago aged 24 from cancer.
Four of Jonny’s friends – Jon Bradley, Jon Wagg, Jack Tuckwell and Dan Brackenbury – wanted to raise funds and awareness for a charity which had help support Jonny before he died, the Lymphoma Association,
The charity offers support and help to lymphoma patients, their relatives and friends.
Together they raised more than £1,500 and covered 255 miles. Jon Bradley, 26, said: ‘Apart from a few aches and pains, it went really well. We are not sure of the exact amount yet but we know we have raised more than £1,500, we are so pleased.’
The epic bike ride started and finished from two places close to their friend Jonny’s heart – starting from outside Jonny’s beloved Liverpool FC’s home ground and ending at Jonny’s local pub in Fareham.
Jon said: ‘We started from outside Anfield Stadium and stopped at Kidderminster on the first night. We then stopped at Marlborough on our second night, which is about 10 miles from Swindon. Then we did our final trek back to Fareham.’
The group travelled over the bank holiday weekend and found it difficult to find places to stay as all the campsites were booked up for the holiday.
Jon said: ‘The first night we just found a field and camped out. The second night we had a bit of a luck and got talking to a man who sent us up to a campsite, which although they were fully booked, they let us squeeze in when they found out what we were doing.
‘We had a barbecue there and had a few beers. They were brilliant.’
The riders got back to the Delme Arms at about 6pm on Monday, to a crowd of around 60 people waiting to cheer them across their finish line.
A raffle was held at the pub, which also raised £200 towards the grand total, and then the group celebrated their journey with a few pints. Jon said: ‘Jonny would have loved everything about it. He would have loved the whole trip. We were lucky and had no breakages on the bikes, we were fine, everything was spot on. I can’t believe how well it went.’
The friends wanted to thank everybody who donated.
Jon said: ‘We are over the moon with how it went. Thanks to everyone.’
They also said that the trip may become an annual event.
Jon said: ‘I’ve got plans now, not until next year, but we are talking about doing another cycle ride, this time maybe from Scotland. It could even become a yearly thing, we’ll have to wait and see.’
There’s still time to sponsor the lads – go online at justgiving.com/our-rideforlife.