A man from St Albans is preparing for the cycling challenge of a lifetime in memory of his best friend.
Later this month, Bevan Clark will ride his way from Land’s End to John O’Groats – around 1500km – after a 30-year break from cycling.
He decided to dust off his bike and take up cycling again during lockdown and, not content with just pedalling to the local park, he has decided to take on the epic challenge in memory of his best friend and keen cyclist, Steve Russell, who died from cancer last year.
Bevan experienced first-hand how the Rennie Grove Hospice Care nurses played a vital role to support Steve and his family during his last eight days. Steve was able to die peacefully at home thanks to Rennie Grove’s hospice at home nurses.
Bevan said he wanted to do something to pay back the kindness provided and support the important work of the charity’s nurses.
Not only is he riding in Steve’s memory, but Bevan will take on the challenge on Steve’s bike.
Support is growing for Bevan and Jane Russell, Steve’s wife, is backing him
She added: “It’s great that Bevan is able to take Steve, or at least a big part of Steve’s hobby as a keen triathlete, with him on his challenge. He would have been very proud.”
Bevan’s challenge gets underway on August 28, the first anniversary of Steve’s passing and he hopes to complete the journey in ten days.
As it would have been Steve’s 50th birthday this year, Bevan has set a fundraising target of £50,000.
You can support Bevan with his fundraising challenge by donating at bit.ly/BevsBigCharityRide.