Choir Cyclists Raise Money For Dementia Charity

Photographs by Stefan Edwards

Another successful Redwick Challenge is over. The 2017 edition on May 21st saw 36 riders tackle the near 2 mile Redwick circuit on a lovely Spring day.  Choristers, friends, and locals joined in, spurred on by family and friends who came to see the spectacle. There were some amazing feats achieved by the riders, but none of this could be achieved without the army of support people who helped with lap counting, getting refreshments, providing food, registration, massage and numerous other tasks that needed to be undertaken. Before we get to the riders, a big thank you is extended to Dave Kirton, Peter Williams, Sharon Ward, Chris Nolan, Jayne Stallard, Stefan Edwards and Ron Stewart, the supporters and the local people at Redwick and the Rose Inn.

On to the riding, amazingly five riders achieved more than 100 miles, with Brian Stephens completing 62 laps (120 miles) to take the top male prize.  The leading female rider was Carolyn Griffiths with 25 laps (49 miles).

Sadly the choir recently lost one of its most respected members. Theo Roberts was always the first man to help out at any event which the choir and the cycle club organised. In his memory, the Theo Roberts Memorial Cup was commissioned to commemorate the most laps completed by one of the four sections of the choir (Top tenor, 2nd tenor, baritone and bass).  It was fitting that the first running of this competition was won by the Baritone Section of which Theo was a treasured member.

This was part of a series of events the choir and its associated cycle club and golf section are putting on this year to raise money for the Severn View Sensory Garden project in Chepstow  This is intended to help enhance the lives of Dementia sufferers which the home caters for.  A big thank you to all involved and over £430 was raised on the day.

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