Cyclists helps to raise £6,000

Jack (support van), Tim, Rob, Dan, Richard, Ben, Anthony (support van) at Millennium Bridge, London, St Paul's Cathedral in background
Jack (support van), Tim, Rob, Dan, Richard, Ben, Anthony (support van) at Millennium Bridge, London, St Paul's Cathedral in background

A BRIGHOUSE cyclist has helped to raise more than £6,000 for Road Peace.

Dan Jones cycled nearly 300 miles from London’s Millennium Bridge to Newcastle’s Millennium Bridge in 23 hours and 20 minutes to help raise the funds in memory of brothers Christian Townend, 29, and Nicholas Townend, 21, who were killed in a road accident in 2010.

Rob, Dan, Richard, Ben ' Millennium Bridge, Gateshead/Newcastle

Rob, Dan, Richard, Ben ' Millennium Bridge, Gateshead/Newcastle

Dan who was joined by four friends, said they had great support from friends, family and people from Road Peace at the start line which gave them a “massive buzz” for the start of the ride. “We were ahead of schedule and going smoothly until 85 miles in near Peterborough.

“I have been cycling for three years now and never had an accident. I was of course saving it for the big day. We always ride in a tight line taking it in turns at the front to stay efficient against air resistance. The down side of this is that it is very easy to accidentally touch the wheel in front of you. This happened when I was at the back of the line. Ben (Walker) went down and I had nowhere to go.

“All I remember seeing was tarmac moving very fast towards my face as I flew over the handle bars. Ben hit his head hard but his helmet saved any serious damage. I damaged the tendons in my right hand and got a bit of road rash on my chin and chest.”

Dan said after the accident he went through a mental low with the pain in his hand and knees.

“Checking my phone for supportive texts, tweets and Facebook messages at the stop points helped spur me on.

“My dad and sister turned up in the middle of the night to shout support which gave me a huge lift. Crossing the Humber Bridge in the dark and riding through sunrise were awesome experiences that I will never forget.

“All the pain somehow faded when we got to Gateshead. The sense of achievement I felt was immense. After 24 hours of meticulous planning, the Millennium Bridge was being lifted when we arrived so we had to wait for 10 minutes to be greeted by friends, family and sponsors on the other side of the river.”

To sponsor the team visit http://www.justgiving.com/london2newcastle24