Young Coralie joins grandparents on charity bike ride

ON YOUR BIKE Mary Darley and her husband Roger will be taking part in The Rowans Hospice Ruby Ride with their granddaughter Coralie Edwards. Picture: Sarah Standing (122866-4524)
ON YOUR BIKE Mary Darley and her husband Roger will be taking part in The Rowans Hospice Ruby Ride with their granddaughter Coralie Edwards. Picture: Sarah Standing (122866-4524)
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FIVE-YEAR-OLD Coralie Edwards will join her grandparents on a charity bike ride.

The youngster will hop on Roger and Mary-Jane Darley’s tandem for part an 18-mile ride across Portsmouth for The Rowans Hospice.

The couple, from The Crossway, in Portchester, will share pedalling duties on their beloved bike while Coralie will join them for five miles.

They will be joined by around 550 other cyclists who are taking part in The Ruby Ride on Sunday, September 30.

Roger, 54, and Mary-Jane, 52, decided to take up the challenge after they saw it advertised at a table-top sale for the hospice at Portchester Community Centre.

Roger, who is an Aqua Cars taxi driver, said: ‘My wife turned to me and said: “wouldn’t it be a great idea if we took part on our tandem?”

‘We love our tandem. We’ve had it for about six years and we had one before that too.

‘We use it on a weekly basis.

‘We ride to Portsmouth on it to do our shopping and we’ve been to Southampton and Chichester on it too.

‘It’s a bit different and you definitely get looks from people.’

The couple will be joined by their granddaughter for part of the ride before she is picked up along the route by her mum Louise Edwards, 30, of Hedge End.

‘We like to take her out on it every now and again,’ Roger said.

‘She likes to sit at the front and look around at everything.’

Mary-Jane, who is a care worker, added: ‘We’re looking to raise about £400 and we’re feeling confident about reaching that amount because we’ve got quite a few sponsors already.

‘We do a lot of cycling so 18 miles shouldn’t be that much of a problem.’

As well as the 18-mile route participants can take part in a 3.5-mile, 30-mile or 60-mile ride which takes in Petersfield and Wickham.

All the cycle routes will begin at 1000 Lakeside, at Lakeside Business Park in Portsmouth.

To take part in the ride fill in a registration form atrowanshospice.co.uk/files/RubyReg.pdf