Unstoppable fundraiser Tim Beardmore took on a 100 mile cycle from Aberdovey in Wales to Worfield last weekend on Saturday the 24th August. The event was in memory of his friend Stuart Buck, who lost his fight with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June 2012 aged 43 years.
Tim met Stuart through Worfield Cricket Club where they were both Junior players some 30 years ago. They played cricket together for many years, as well as doing a lot of volunteer work for the club, mainly working on the ground. Stuart also went on to run the junior cricket programme at the club and eventually took on the role of chairman. It’s fair to say that outside of work and family the cricket club was his life.
Tim got back into cycling when he retired from playing cricket in 2010, so a bike ride was an obvious choice for him to raise money in Stuart’s memory. The route started in Aberdovey, one of Stuart’s favourite places, on the mid wales coast and finished at Worfield Cricket Club. To make sure it was a proper challenge it included climbs on the mountain road from Machynlleth to Staylittle, as well as the infamous Asterton Bank onto the Long Mynd, which averages 17%, and at its steepest is over 25%. The route also called in at Cound Cricket Club, where the Worfield 1st X1 were playing on the day. The total distance was 106 miles.
The ride went very well, with only one puncture, and thankfully the rain held off. Tim managed a couple of wrong turns which meant the total distance was nearly 109 miles. He had a great support team to help, and lots of friends came out to cheer him on, on the day. The players at the game at Cound CC even gave Tim a guard of honour.
Tim is very close now to raising £3,000 which is far better than he had ever dreamed of, having set himself and initial fundraising target of £1,000 - and all in memory of a fantastic person. Please visit Tim's Just Giving page to donate and help him raise even more money in memory of a great friend.