Charity Cyclists
Monday 5th October 2015 @ 13:15 by Lee Wild
Denton & Audenshaw News
Thirty-four people from Denton took on the challenge of a lifetime recently as they got on their bikes for a gruelling 100km charity bike ride.
The group, made up of men and women both young and old, were raising money for
MyelomaUK in memory of a friend.
Chris Pugh died in May from complications after a transplant to fight the cancer, and his widow Christine, along with many of her friends and family, wanted to complete a challenge in his memory. The idea for the ride came from Chris’s friend Steve Webb.
Two years ago he completed a bike ride from London to Paris, and this inspired Chris to do something similar.
The 100km cycle was to be one of the first things that Chris did as part of his rehabilitation.
Unfortunately that wasn’t possible, so the group rallied together and took part in the ride in his memory, entitled the Bunch Of Helmets  Manchester 100k Charity Bike Ride.
The ride began in Wythenshawe Park and took in the sights around Wilmslow, Nantwich and Knutsford before completing the circuit.
The group set off at 8.30am on the day and finally crossed the line just before 4pm.
They managed to complete the majority of the ride as one group, but regrouped shortly before the finish to cross the line together.
Organiser of the Helmets, Paula Webb said: “It really was a fantastic day, an incredible achievement for us all especially as 11 weeks ago many of the Helmets hadn’t ridden a bike for years, or even owned one for that matter!”
The group has currently raised more than £8,000, almost double their original target.
Anyone wishing to donate can still do so at www.justgiving.com/BunchOfHelmets