Mam­moth cy­cle ride in mem­ory of John

Son and grand­chil­dren en­ter Chilterns chal­lenge

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A FA­THER and his two neph­ews will take part in a 75-mile cy­cling chal­lenge in mem­ory of their dad and grand­fa­ther.

Barry Stevens, of Stock­lands Way, Prest­wood, along with neph­ews Ash­ley and Shaun Smith, who live in Ayles­bury, will en­ter the 2015 Chilterns Cy­cle Chal­lenge for John Stevens.

The trio hope to raise about £200 for Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care which cared for John, who died in Jan­uary, two-and-a half years after be­ing di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer.

Barry said: “The Iain Ren­nie nurses were very in­volved with dad’s care, par­tic­u­larly in the last six months when his health de­te­ri­o­rated. Ev­ery nurse the fam­ily came across was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.

“It was a truly ter­ri­ble time, but the Iain Ren­nie nurses ad­vised and com­forted through­out and we will never for­get.”

Barry, who owns Sportscene in Sta­tion Road, Bea­cons­field, took part in this year’s chal­lenge days be­fore the event after spot­ting the news­pa­per.

“I felt I had to be there as it would have been my dad’s 80th birth­day,” he said. “Later that af­ter­noon we spread his ashes. It was a very emo­tional day.”

Ruth Proud­foot, events man­ager at Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care, said: “It is lovely to hear that the

it in work our nurses do in­spires peo­ple to take part in our chal­lenges to help raise funds for the char­ity.

“We are hop­ing the 2015 Chilterns Cy­cle Chal­lenge will prove even more popular than pre­vi­ous years, so don’t de­lay. Sign up now to guar­an­tee your place.”

The course, which starts and fin­ishes in Ayles­bury, has 10km, 35-mile or 75mile routes to choose from to suit all abil­i­ties.

The early bird adult en­try, which runs un­til Sun­day, Novem­ber 30, to the 10km route costs £15 (nor­mal cost £17), £17 for 35 miles (nor­mal cost £20) and £27 for the 75 mile op­tion (nor­mal cost £30).

Child en­try is £7.50 (nor­mal cost £10) and un­der 5s are free.

The en­try fee in­cludes a t-shirt, medal and wa­ter along the way.

Con­trib­uted

IN­SPIRED: Barry Stevens pre­pares for next year’s Chilterns Cy­cle Chal­lenge

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