Jones duo complete charity bike ride
PUBLISHED: 20:02 01 July 2011
A FATHER and son team have certainly shown they know their figures after they raised more than £4,300 to help seriously-ill children.
Steve and Charles Jones, of Oulton Broad-based Jones Financial Planning, raised the money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices by cycling 853 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats over six days last month.
However, the Jones duo, aged 44 and 20, nearly did not reach their amazing charity target due to several dangerous mishaps on their cross country journey.
Before the pair set off from Land’s End their support vehicle was involved in an accident at a roundabout in Exeter, badly damaging its front.
However after some DIY car repairs the team managed to set off on time.
But, as they reached Loch Ness, disaster struck again as Charles fell off his bike into the path of an on-coming motorhome and narrowly avoided a serious injury.
He joked: “I decided to play chicken with a motor home. My whole life flashed before my eyes.
“However it wasn’t quite as embarrassing as dad falling off his bike twice while stationary; I am sure he will put that down to age.”
The father and son team cycled up to 152 miles a day on their gruelling ride and the reached average speeds of just under 18mph as they battled rainy weather.
Charles, who lives in Oulton Broad, said: “It was a very good experience overall. The bikes and our bodies certainly took a battering.”
The pair were joined on the ride by self-employed mortgage advisor Barry Rudd, who gave up his time to drive a support vehicle.
To make a donation in support of the cycling duo visit www.justgiving.com/jonesfp
GEORGE Rhodes, who works at Lowestoft’s Hoseasons Group, has also got in the cycling charity act by raising £500 for good causes.
Mr Rhodes cycled 610 miles from the west coast of England to Ness Point, the most easterly part of Britain, where he was welcomed by family and friends.
Money raised from the nine day bike ride will go to the Waveney Wobbly Wheelers and the Sandra Chapman Centre at the James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, and the Colney Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Mr Rhodes said: “Although the ride was tough on a few occasions, I was determined until the very end. The experience is something that will stay with me forever.
“Thank you to everyone that sponsored me.”