Charity bike riders try trek back to front

This Is Wiltshire: Fred Hayward and  Pam Rawlins, front left, with fellow riders ready to get  going “the wrong way”         (pM1186) By Paul Morris Fred Hayward and Pam Rawlins, front left, with fellow riders ready to get going “the wrong way” (pM1186) By Paul Morris

Wrong Way Round cycling raised more than £1,000 for charities in Yatton Keynell.

A record 120 people took part in Sunday’s tour; many for the pre-school, primary, youth club and church.

The ride was inspired by a milestone in the village, near Chippenham, that reads 97 Miles to Hyde Park Corner.

Instead, organisers asked people to go “the wrong way round.” This year, there was a 19-mile family friendly circular lap of country lanes.

One of the organisers, Mark Adams, said: “It’s still a heck of a distance, but there was more of a family feel, a carnival atmosphere.”

Fellow organiser David Else said: “Fred Hayward, from the village, is in his 60s and only took up cycling last year. He joined the event on a whim, did two laps which is 38 miles, and raised money for a cancer charity.”

The youngest to complete a lap was Giles Dannatt, eight, of Sherston.

Churchwarden Pam Rawlins, 54, of Yatton Keynell, did 10 hours and 95 miles, raising £555 for St Margaret’s Church.

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