Caldicot Male Voice Choir is not just about singing in a great choir, which has obvious health benefits but it also has an active cycling club, Côr Meibion Caldicot Cycle Club and Golf Society, the ‘Birdie Boys’ which hold events to raise money for charity.
On a glorious Spring day just right for cycling around the Caldicot Levels, Sunday 13th May saw the cycle club stage its annual Redwick Challenge where participants are invited to ride their bikes around the 2 mile circuit at Redwick. Competing not only with early morning cows going for milking, a charity road run and a huge christening at Redwick church some thirty riders, including fifteen choristers took up the challenge. Between them they completed 581 laps of the 2 mile circuit totalling a magnificent 1133 miles.
The overall winner was Sam Stephens who completed 47 laps (92 miles) and the best female was Lesley Russell with 40 laps (78 miles). Each was presented with a trophy for their outstanding efforts, whilst the competition for the ‘Theo Roberts Memorial Trophy’ was again won by the Baritone section. The chorister completing most laps was top tenor Rob Stallard who completed 46 laps (90 miles). A total of £457 was raised to help the choir carry out its concert programme to raise funds for local and national charities.
Many thanks to the Rose Inn for supporting the event and to local farmers for their cooperation and patience. These events would not take place without a great support team of Grahame Morton, Harry Giblin, Chris and Kirstie Nolan, Dave Kirton, Dave Currie, Dave Hennesey, Jayne Stallard, Siân Hatton, Colleen and Lyn Gauntlett on the camera. Many others, including choir chairman John Nicholson also came to give their support and encouragement.
Photos by Lyn Gauntlett