‘It was very windy but beau­ti­ful’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Wheely Wet For Big Bike Race -

Big Bertha was de­scribed as a “chal­lenge” by char­ity rider Anne Cragg.

Mrs Cragg, 57, who works at the Dis­cov­ery Gar­den at the Rare Breeds Cen­tre, Wood­church, was in a team of four.

They raised around £2,500 for the Can­ter­bury Oast Trust (COT), which cares for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and owns and runs the Rare Breeds Cen­tre.

“Big Bertha was cer­tainly a chal­lenge but it was amaz­ing to ride round traf­fic-free streets in Lon­don,” said Mrs Cragg.

“We all got soaked, although the sun did come out when we were in Sur­rey. It was very windy but was a beau­ti­ful ride.

“The re­cep­tion we got from the pub­lic was amaz­ing all along the course. Peo­ple were en­cour­ag­ing us to keep go­ing.”

In Mrs Cragg’s team were Kevin Gal­lagher, whose cousin is a COT res­i­dent, keen cy­clist Jo Brit­ton, and Henry Wood­hall, who joined af­ter fail­ing to get a place in the ride’s bal­lot.

Mr Gal­lagher started first but the other three rode to­gether.

“I’m glad we stuck to­gether as Henry re­paired two punc­tures for me,” said Mrs Cragg, who is mar­ried to a Rom­ney Marsh farmer and is a mem­ber of the Un­likely Cy­clists of Folke­stone bike rid­ing group.

“We did a sprint fin­ish down Em­bank­ment to The Mall which was in­cred­i­ble.”

The three fin­ished in around seven-and-a-half hours.

Bik­ers who raised money for Can­ter­bury Oast Trust at the Pru­den­tial Ride Lon­don 100, left to right, Jo Brit­ton, Kevin Gal­lagher, Henry Wood­hall and Anne Cragg

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