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Riders in tribute to bike-mad pal Phil

A popular Knowle cyclist who died suddenly was remembered at a riding event attended by 150 well wishers.

Philip Sadler, who died earlier this year, is remembered at a cycling event held in Dorridge.
Philip Sadler, who died earlier this year, is remembered at a cycling event held in Dorridge.

A popular Knowle cyclist who died suddenly was remembered at a riding event attended by 150 well wishers.

Philip Sadler was just 52 when he was taken ill during a meal with friends on January 18. The cycling event, which was held last Sunday in memory of the dad-of-one, saw his family, friends and work colleagues join together for a bike ride to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Setting off from Dorridge, some took part in a ten-mile ride, while others challenged themselves to a 25 or 50-mile trek.

As well as being a keen cyclist, Philip was also a member of Knowle & Dorridge Round Table.

He was with friends Mary and Ian Spencer when he fell ill.

“Philip knew he had a heart problem and was due to have treatment but it wasn’t known how serious it was,” said Mary, who helped organise the cycling event.

“It was obviously a very big shock.

Friends and family gather at a memorial cycle event to remember Philip Sadler from Knowle.
Friends and family gather at a memorial cycle event to remember Philip Sadler from Knowle.
 

“Phil was a very popular man and we wanted to organise something in his memory.

“He was an enthusiastic cyclist who enjoyed spending time with his friends and was always keen to encourage others to cycle too.

“He was the inspiration for this event.”

Philip was an engineer for WSP CEL and many of his former colleagues and families joined the ride.

The firm has also helped to boost funds for the cause.

Around £4,000 was been raised for the BHF. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/cyclebreakfast

 

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