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Cycling legend Frank Edwards remembered by VC Baracchi

PUBLISHED: 08:01 24 November 2017

Frank’ Edwards' sister Glenys receiving the memorial trophy from Mike Rainton. Picture: John Swanbury

Frank’ Edwards' sister Glenys receiving the memorial trophy from Mike Rainton. Picture: John Swanbury

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At the beginning of Velo Club Baracchi’s presentation evening Mike Rainton made a special presentation of the Frank Edwards Memorial trophy as a keepsake to Frank’s sister Glenys.

Frank, an amateur cyclist who won Brighton to Newcastle race outright in 1953, beating the professionals of the day, gained a place in the England B Team for the Tour of Britain that year. He died last year.

Mr Rainton outlined Frank’s typical day, which at one time included delivering 500 pints for Edwards Dairy before his training and time trials. Later, on cycling holidays he rode a similar number of miles in a week with his friends in Majorca, seeming to be stronger by the mile.

He was a special friend of Mr Rainton, who organised a memorial ride this year and hopes it will be repeated each year. Frank’s sister brought his treasured yellow jersey from winning the 1953 race for members to see.


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