Long-distance cycle ride will give big boost to Heads Up

September 29 2021
Long-distance cycle ride will give big boost to Heads Up

A WELLS man who is cycling from one end of Britain to the other hopes the feat will raise hundreds of pounds for local charity Heads Up.

Ian Williams works at the Charlie Bigham’s food production centre at Dulcote, cycling to work from Wells each day, and conceived the idea for the cycling marathon during the pandemic.

Friend Howard Papworth, a professional cycle tour operator, worked out a route incorporating a lot of back roads and sections of the National Cycle Network, and the pair set off from John O’Groats on August 26.

Their journey brought them to Wells on September 17, and they were due to arrive at Land’s End – having covered a total of 1,485 miles – on September 23.

When he spoke to Wells Voice, Ian explained that he and Howard were taking the scenic route, and not doing many miles a day. He said that the Highlands of Scotland had been quite challenging, but that he was enjoying seeing some beautiful parts of the country that were new to him. He said: “I’ve seen parts of Great Britain that I’ve never been anywhere near before.”

Ian has had support from Wells cycle shop Bike City, and was provided with Bigham’s meals to take with him. The business will also be giving a donation towards the cause.

“I really like Heads Up, it’s a fantastic local charity,” said Ian.

He was a top athlete when he was younger. He used to run with Sebastian Coe at Loughborough University, was the Welsh junior athletics captain, and once won the UK schools’ 1,500m, beating Eamonn Martin.

Richard Bain, the General Manager at Bigham’s Quarry Kitchen at Dulcote, said: “We are delighted to support Ian’s epic charity cycle ride especially since it is for such a great local charity, mental health charity, Heads Up.

“Being able to offer him time off to undertake this trip was just the start as we are planning to add to his fundraising with our own donation. We are also keeping up with his progress and assisting his campaign by posting on the Charlie Bigham’s Facebook page with his progress and information on how to donate. We of course sent him on his way with some of our delicious food to keep him going.”

Donations can be made at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ian-williams-445?utm_term=Q6qnKmey7