FOUR friends have taken on an epic charity bike ride from Liverpool to Fareham in memory of their pal.
Jonny Griffin, from Fareham, was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and died a few weeks ago, aged just 24.
Now his close friends – Jon Bradley, Jon Wagg, Jack Tuckwell and Dan Brackenbury – are taking on the challenge of cycling over 225 miles from his beloved Anfield Football Stadium in Liverpool to The Delme Arms pub, Fareham.
The quartet hope to raise money and awareness for a charity which helped Jonny, the Lymphoma Association.
The charity offers support and help to lymphoma patients, their relatives and friends.
Jon Bradley, 26, said: ‘I had been thinking about what we could do for Jonny, to remember him, and I knew he had family at the set-off location, Liverpool. I thought we would do something to put it out there and do a cycle ride that people would pay attention to.
‘He was a massive Liverpool fan so it seemed the right place to start.’
The foursome plan to finish at Jonny’s local pub, the Delme Arms, in Fareham.
Jon said: ‘For years we have been drinking in there, and so have Jonny’s family. At one point he practically lived in there. There’s going to be a party at the finish.’
Jon Wagg, 24, said the lads have been preparing by taking spin classes and doing cycle rides locally.
Jon said the ride was important for the friends.
He said: ‘We all knew Jonny very well. He was a very good friend to all of us and the Lymphoma Association was the charity he supported, so what better than to raise money for it in his memory?
‘He was very active and into his sports and loved Liverpool, but I’m sure he would think we were all nuts.’
The ride starts on Saturday, August 24 at 9.30am at Anfield Stadium. They plan to stop in Telford on Saturday and Cirencester on Sunday. They hope to cover around 90 miles a day. The lads should cross the finish line at the Delme Arms on Monday, August 26.
A celebration party will be held in the pub at 7.30pm.
To sponsor them go to justgiving.com/our-rideforlife.