The sun shone, the miles ticked by and the beer and BBQ at the end were to die for. In between, everyone looked like they were having fun, even if they were getting lost, suffering punctures or just gritting their teeth to get home.
The new route seemed to be met with universal approval too: we wanted Pedal of Honour to break the fifty mile barrier and make it a real test, but we also wanted it to be run on mostly quiet country lanes amidst stunning scenery. It’s hard to do with so many major roads in this part of the world, but the new route is not a bad effort, especially going over the mighty Thames twice at Cookham and Marlow.
Mostly though it was the sunny weather and equally warm welcome from the pubs that made the day. Thanks to the staff at Salisbury Pubs for once again hosting us on the way round and putting on such a fabulous spread at the end.
But we couldn’t run Pedal of Honour without you, the riders. Whether it was first-timers or seasoned veterans, it was great to have you along, making it the best Pedal of Honour ever. There were lots of individual highlights – too many to mention – but everyone got into the spirit of the occasion. More importantly, everyone got to the end safely.
Of course, Pedal of Honour is also a fundraising event for three local charities: the Hospice of st Francis, Helen & Douglas House and Iain Rennie. This year’s Pedal of Honour is the best ever in this department too, because we are closing in on a figure of £13,000 raised! That’s smashed our original target of £10k and is easily our best ever. It really is a fantastic achievement from such a relatively small group of riders. Please let us know your final figures as soon as possible.
And it isn’t over yet either. There’s still an opportunity to collect funds and boost the total even higher. Wouldn’t it be great to get to £15,000!
Finally, we need to say some thanks:
Salisbury Pubs for the welcome
Weldtite and Cho! for their valuable sponsorship
Ed, the photographer for his pictures (coming soon!)
Darren and co at the Alford Arms for breakfast
Eddie and the team at the Royal Oak for the BBQ
All the staff at the Old Queens Head and Swann Inn
Suppliers: Sheringham Catering, Fresh Connect, Crown Butchers, Celtic Fish & Game Cornwall, A&B Butchers, Abbey Cheese, Timpson Small Holdings, Premier Cheese, Klucky Chicken.
Thanks everyone and see you next year!