£15,000 in the bag for charity cyclists
FOUR cyclists from Bromley Heath were part of an intrepid team who rode 300 miles in three days to raise £15,000 for charity.
Bromley Heath Dream Team: Adam Smith, Justin Evans, Will King and Sharon Herniman
Sharon Herniman, Will King, Adam Smith and Justin Evans were part of 23-strong group who took on 'Le Tour de Balls Deux' challenge in support of testicular cancer charity It’s in the Bag, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
The team was made up of survivors, nurses, policemen and supporters who hope to raise awareness of the disease, the most common cancer in young men.
Their journey began in Bodmin where the terrain and bitter wind made a challenging start, although a stop at a local pub gave a well-deserved rest.
Riders resumed until lunch at Great Torrington and then onward through Exmoor, arriving safely in Minehead.
Day two saw the cyclists riding through Somerset to Wiltshire, stopping at the top of Cheddar Gorge for lunch and riding on to Batheaston before completing the day in Chippenham.
On the last day the team wheeled their way to Tetbury and then on to Frampton Cotterell where they celebrated their achievement with family, friends and supporters.
Rider and Downend and Bromley Heath parish councillor Sharon Herniman, who was one of just three females taking part, said: “I knew very little about the charity when Will King first invited me to join the event (he said it would be a fun ride, not too hard!) but during that weekend, and even in the months beforehand, I met and got to know some incredibly inspiring and amazing people.
“My team, the Bromley Heath Dream Team, were just incredible - I really don’t think I could have completed the event, or those hills on Exmoor and Cheddar, without the encouragement, team work and ability to keep it light of my fellow team mates, Will, Adam and Justin. It really was a team effort and a hugely memorable personal experience, in addition to raising money and awareness for such an important charity.”
It’s in the Bag is a volunteer-run testicular cancer charity operating in the South West, providing hands-on support for men and their families, as well as raising awareness of the disease across the region and beyond.