POLICE are appealing for witnesses following the death of top Solihull cyclist Cath Ward who was killed while competing in a time trial near Bidford on Avon last Wednesday evening.
The mother of two was struck by a black Audi estate car and pronounced dead at the scene. The 27-year-old driver has since been arrested on suspicion of careless driving and released on police bail.
Police are anxious to hear from anyone who was travelling on the A46 between Oversley and Bidford around 7.20pm that evening.
Cath had been taking part in Beacon Road Club’s 10 mile time trial and was the first rider away when the collision occurred.
Tributes have been flooding in this week for the former Dorridge resident, who was an outstanding sportswoman and only took up cycling in earnest last year at the age of 51.
She was a member of Solihull Cycling Club, where she had become one of their most prominent and popular riders.
Vice chairman Robin Fox said: “She will be sadly missed by everyone. She was very popular and was one of the most improved members in 2010 and was the reigning women’s time trial champion.”
Apart from cycling, Cath also played county tennis for Somerset, hockey with the Old Silhillians, golf at Widney Manor GC and cricket with Dorridge ladies, where she had been captain and helped coach youngsters.
She’d also run in two London Marathons.
She worked for Warwickshire Police, joining as a press officer in 1995 but later became staff officer to the Chief Constable.
Prior to that, she worked for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), where she met her husband Martin.
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Parker said: “Cath was a committed work colleague, and a true friend and an inspiration to many. She will be sorely missed.”