Last November W.Bro’s Terry Peck and Graham Smith undertook the mammoth cycle ride from Bristol to London, all in aid of charity and kick starting, or should that be peddle starting, Claremont Lodge’s contribution to the Surrey 2019 Festival.
Terry said, “We started by taking the cycle path from Bristol to Bath which was on a lovely tarmac drive for about 12 miles. Then we rode along the Kennet and Avon canal towpaths where sometimes the route became almost non-existent, mostly over old bricks and flint. We only managed one puncture that day.
We stayed over at Pewsey and carried on with our journey the next morning where the surface was even worse. It rained all day, sometimes torrential, so our speed was only 2-3 miles an hour. We were hampered by a further two punctures and a 10 mile stretch of cow/sheep fields where we had to go through metal stiles every 200-400 yards, very time consuming.
With a stopover was at Reading, the next day we carried on our journey along the Thames Path. Our target was the O2 Dome at Greenwich but because it was such a nice day and the Thames Path was a dream to ride on, sometimes reaching 16-18 miles an hour, we carried on passed the Dome and finished at Erith Pier.
Over the three day period we completed 190 miles. Not going on any roads but just along riverside paths. For me it was a real personal achievement as I am not a cyclist and it’s up there along with the triathlons and marathons which I have run for charities in the past.”
In total Terry and Graham raised over £800 which was added to other funds enabling Claremont to present a cheque for £10,000 in aid of the Festival to VW.Bro Derek Barr, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, at their last meeting. Terry added, “I’m sure it will be the first of many.”