Ron returns to two wheels after 50 years to ride for a reason
Wrexham resident Ron Hughes is getting on his bike to tackle a 296-mile ride from London to Paris this summer – after not cycling for more than 50 years.
Ron, from Gwersyllt, signed up for the children’s charity’s iconic challenge after being persuaded by pal Keith Corbett, a three-time veteran of the ride, to take part.
After snapping up a bike custom-made by Keith, now adorned with his nickname ‘Rocket’ as well as Action’s logo, he’s back on two wheels ahead of the tour from 22-26 July.
Action Medical Research’s London to Paris ride offers two options of more than 300 miles, the Cool Route and the Classic Route, which begin in Blackheath before heading to Dover then through the rural landscapes of northern France before ending at the Eiffel Tower in time to view the spectacular finale of the 2015 Tour de France.
The challenge is all the more impressive considering Ron, who turns 69 at the end of May, hadn’t ridden a bike since the age of 16. But after a few teething problems, including getting used to cleats, he’s off to a flying start and recently completed the 50-mile route at the Circle of Hope on his trusty Rocket.
“I took up the challenge this year because I thought it was a good cause,” says piping engineer Ron. “I’ve been training hard – in fact, I’ve taken a break from work until after the event so I can dedicate more time to training during the week. As I was working away from home, I just wasn’t putting enough time into training and you really need to be fit for this ride.”
Ron, Keith and the rest of their teammates will be holding a fundraising evening at the Windmill Grill, Buckley, on 20 June with live music and dancing to help boost the coffers. Paul Lacombe, who has a top Elvis show and has been seen on the BBC and ITV, will be among those performing – for more details and tickets, please contact the Windmill Grill on 01244 543670 or Ron on 07833 138621.
Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since 1952 and almost everyone has been touched in some way by its groundbreaking work, including the first UK polio vaccines. The charity currently has more than £11 million currently invested in the work of more than 230 top researchers, working on over 75 projects across the UK.
If you’d like to help Ron reach his fundraising target of £1,500, visit his fundraising page at action.org.uk/sponsor/ronhughes
To sign up for Action’s new London to Paris end-of-season ride in September, visit action.org.uk/action-london-paris
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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.
Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg.nos 208701 and SC039284.