The sun shone on cyclists from the Brentwood Diocese who geared up with more than 150 others to take part in the Pedal Against Poverty sponsored cycle ride on Sunday.
Now in its eighth year the ride followed a scenic route alongside the River Lee to Broxbourne. Participants gathered in the morning to ride either a 19 mile return route beginning in Ponders End or a shorter 10 mile return route beginning in Cheshunt.
John and Rebecca Huston from Dagenham , parishioners at St St Thomas More, Barking decided that this year they would like to do the longer route and really enjoyed the challenge. Rebecca who attends All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham said’ I support CAFOD at school too and last year my class held a sponsored silence and raised money for ‘World Gift’ Goats’.
Peter and Eve from Wanstead are also regular riders but this was the first year Eve, aged 10, had ridden her own bike and she had no trouble finishing the 10 mile route. Eve is a pupil of St Josephs Convent, Wanstead and she has so far raised over £60.
We were pleased to welcome Katrina, Mary and Philip who had traveled all the way from Maldon to take part and are parishioners at Assumption of our Lady. Mary said “Philip and I ride a tandem. We enjoy cycling and go out cycling locally and thought Pedal Against Poverty was a good opportunity.”
This ride would not be possible without the help of volunteers and there were over 40 volunteers who ensured the ride went smoothly. Mark and John Mills from St Edmunds, Loughton kindly led groups on the shorter route. Last year John took part in the Ride London ,100 mile Cycle starting in the Queen Elizabeth, Olympic Park – this year his father Mark is following in his footsteps.
Thanks also to James Jeffery from Walthamstow who was one of the ‘roaming stewards’.The Bike Ride is organised by the Westminster Diocese and last year raised over £10,000