‘I have been crazy about bikes all my life’

Ray Risk is the County Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Der­byshire Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Rid­ers Branch

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“I have been a mem­ber for prob­a­bly eight years. It was a funny story re­ally. I was en­joy­ing a cup of cof­fee, as you do, at Mat­lock Bath one sunny Sun­day morn­ing and th­ese two peo­ple were walk­ing around say­ing ‘would you like to take part in an Easter egg run?’

“It was for chil­dren of sol­diers who were cur­rently in Afghanistan and Iraq so I thought ‘yes’ and away I went. En route I met two rid­ers from the Rid­ers Branch from up Don­caster way and got talk­ing a bit and it just went from there.

“As soon as I found out I could com­bine the Bri­tish Le­gion with rid­ing and do­ing ev­ery­thing I en­joy that was it – I was hooked.

“I’m the County Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Der­byshire. Ba­si­cally, I’m the first point of con­tact for any vil­lage or any area within the county who are hav­ing a gala or they want to have some Bri­tish Le­gion in­for­ma­tion.

“There’s nearly 6000 mem­bers na­tion­ally, but within Der­byshire it­self there’s prob­a­bly around 100.

“All of the work I do wouldn’t be as suc­cess­ful as it is with­out the sup­port of a great team be­hind me. They help to make all the events we at­tend work.

“I was a Com­bat Medic with the Royal Army Med­i­cal Corps and I was in the mil­i­tary for well over 12 years.

“I have been rid­ing bikes since 1963 and I have been crazy about bikes all my life. The only time I’ve ever given up rid­ing bikes was when the chil­dren came along and I had the re­spon­si­bil­ity of a fam­ily and go­ing to work.” ÔIT would­nõt be as suc­cess­ful with­out the help of a great teamõ

a Doy­ouknow bik­inghero? the­ex­tra Who­goes con­tac t two) mile(or on@ davids andy. ews. cy­clen mo­tor com The Bri­tish Le­gion’s Rid­ers Branches raise thou­sands for char­ity each year

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