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July 7, 2013

A superb if challenging day. Huw was not forgotten today – Huw is not forgotten any day ♥♥♥

by huw15

Photo0176A great success today as 40 of us of all ages rode 45 miles, and climbed a total of 5512 feet in temperatures approaching 30 degrees.  A great effort by all the riders and the support crew.

This was the third Huw Thatcher Upperthong Cricket Cycle Challenge around the 3 local masts – 3 (and more) big climbs including Holme Moss (one of next year’s Tour de France climbs), Emley Moor, and Poll Moor.  The high temperatures, tough climbs, usual mechanical problems, and punctures failed to dampen the spirits.  A mixture of experienced and new cyclists enjoyed (I think that’s the right word) a fantastic day and in the process raised around £400 that will be paid in and added to the Trust total shortly.  A big ‘well done’ to everyone for a big achievement – especially the younger riders including one 12 year old boy who was tremendous.

We all enjoyed cycling with some old friends and also meeting some new ones – and to have 40 people taking part once again – the same number as the previous 2 years – was so heartening.  And it was great to cycle with a good number of Huw’s friends from year 10 in 2011 ♥

A massive thank you to Joy and Rob Oakley as usual and the support drivers who were superb – giving up a day of their time to support us all.  Thank you to everyone for remembering Huw today in such a positive and challenging way.  The cricket club where Huw had so many happy times is an incredible supporter of Huw, and the Trust.

My reflections included thinking of the lovely holiday me and Carys have just had in France – the first foreign trip for us 2 on our own together since the tragic event of March 2011.  We loved to see the Champions Walkway in Monte Carlo and were struck by 2 of the players – Luis Figo and Ryan Giggs.  Huw’s favourite foreign player in 2004 was Figo – as evidenced by the Figo Portugal shirt he wore so much that year.  And Ryan Giggs because we have a fab signed Giggs shirt for the cricket club raffle this year.

Huw should have had the chance to enjoy that holiday in France too.  He should have enjoyed watching with us all this afternoon after the ride as Andy Murray won Wimbledon.  He should have been enjoying the sunshine, playing cricket and enjoying the crack with his friends.  In Huw’s 18th year, the year he should become a man officially, today was a lovely way for us to remember Huw.

Huw was not forgotten today.  He is not forgotten any day xxx ♥♥♥

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