Poet makes use of hobby during cycle ride

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PORTSMOUTH’S poet laureate Sam Cox made use of her hobby during a charity bike ride.

Sam was one of around 500 fundraisers who took part in The Rowans Hospice’s Ruby Ride. During the ride, which was made up of 60, 30, 18 and 3.5 mile routes around Hampshire, she got off her saddle and wrote 30 poems about her surroundings and others taking part.

Some of the titles of Sam’s poems included ‘8am’, ‘Clarence Pier’ and ‘Free-wheeling’.

Sam, 38, of Gunwharf Quays, completed her 30-mile challenge on September 30 in six hours.

All the cycle routes began from 1000 Lakeside, at Lakeside Business Park in Portsmouth.

Sam, 38, said: ‘Composing 30 poems in one day was a big challenge, but a thoroughly enjoyable one.

‘It was lovely to be able to stop at various landmarks and take in what a beautiful city Portsmouth is.

‘The rest of the group that took part were brilliant and full of energy too.’

Sam, who is currently writing a novel called Missed Call, is the second person in Portsmouth to hold the poet laureateship.

Kelly Bianchi, of Southsea, was the city’s ambassador for poetry last year.

Havant College student Joe McQuilken is currently Portsmouth’s Young Poet Laureate.

As part of the role people are asked to visit schools and represent the city at festivals.

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