Left click on the image to enlarge. Photo by Colleen Gauntlett
On Sunday 29th May, as part of the choir’s undertaking to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (South East Wales branch) this year, forty five choir cyclists of the Côr Meibion Caldicot Cycle Club including their guest riders undertook the Redwick Challenge. This involved riding as many laps of the 2 mile circuit as they wished during an 8 hour period. The oldest rider was 72 year old chorister Harry Giblin and the youngest was two year old Zac Potter who did a lap of 2 miles on his tricycle. Guest riders Nick Powell and Gareth Davies completed the most laps, with chorister Rob Stallard in third place. Nick and Gareth will have their names engraved on the frame of the collage photograph which will be displayed in the Rose Inn at Redwick.
On a gloriously sunny Spring bank holiday Sunday, the riders had to contend with not only other cyclists using the route around the Caldicot Levels, but also huge farm machinery transferring silage from one field to another, joggers, horse riders and a herd of cows moving to another field. Colleen and Lyn Gauntlett took a total of 426 photographs, too many to post on the web site but there are 338 on the Choir’s Facebook page.
Although the board in the photo indicates 1047 completed laps, a total of 990 laps or nearly 2000 miles was actually completed, an incredible achievement.
Tannwen Saunders, the area coordinator for the charity is thrilled with all the efforts the choir is making towards helping their charity and in appreciation turned up with huge trays of doughnuts for everyone. The day’s event produced a grand total of £752 for the charity which includes £120 raised by Harry Giblin and £22 by Dai Gould.
Many thanks to Theo Roberts and Dave Kirton for logging all the laps and to Peter Williams for completing the registration documents and taking the entry money. Also thanks to Chris Nolan, Kirstie Benjamin and Leon Jones for setting up the site with the two gazebos and to Grahame and Pat Morton for organising the refreshments. A special mention must go to cycle club captain and chorister Anthony Griffiths and all members of the cycle club committee for organising the event.