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Inaugural bike ride in memory of Knowle olympic hero Tommy Godwin

A bike ride in memory of Olympic cycling hero Tommy Godwin will take place in a fortnight’s time, raising money for Solihull’s Marie Curie Hospice

Tommy Godwin
Tommy Godwin

A bike ride in memory of Olympic cycling hero Tommy Godwin will take place in a fortnight’s time, raising money for Solihull’s Marie Curie Hospice.

Tommy, who won two bronze medals at the 1948 Games, died last November, aged 91.

Now the final preparations are underway for the inaugural Tommy Godwin Challenge on August 4.

The ride will be raising money for the charity who cared for the much-loved medallist in the final few days of his life.

Riders will have a choice of two routes - a 50 mile challenge and a 16 mile family ride – both starting and finishing at the Marsh Lane hospice.

Supported by Red Kite Cycles, both fully signposted routes pass through the villages of Barston, Fen End and Chadwick End, where the leisure ride returns via Dorridge and Four Ashes.

The more taxing route will take in Wootton Wawen, Great Alne, Coughton Court, Sambourne, Studley Castle, Ullenhall, Tanworth-in-Arden and Earlswood.

Tommy’s daughter Kay Jones said: “Tommy would have been delighted to see the Olympic legacy and women’s cycling supported and encouraged in this way.

“It is a fitting way to raise funds for the hospice that provided us with so much support.”

Organiser Sarah Adams, from Earlswood, said Tommy had been a “fantastic champion” for cycling all his life.

“Right up until the very end he did so much to encourage people. We hope this will become an annual event.”

You can enter in advance by visiting Red Kite Cycles in Union Road, Shirley or by going to www.redkitecycles.co.uk

Advance entry costs £20 for the challenge and £12 for the leisure ride or £20 for a family of four. On the day entry is £25 for the longer route and £15 for the leisure ride.

 

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