Mammoth cycle ride in memory of John
Son and grandchildren enter Chilterns challenge
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.
INSPIRED: Barry Stevens prepares for next year’s Chilterns Cycle Challenge