Pedalling in Nigel's memory
A team of cyclists will be pushing through the pain barrier - but it's all in a good cause. The trio from Peninsula Home Improvements, in Gaerwen, will be raising money in memory of bricklayer Nigel Jones by taking part in a charity bike ride. Nigel, who lived in Mochdre, lost his battle against Kidney cancer in August 2010 at the age of just 45. Peninsula's Managing Director, Ken Grayson, Installation Manager Justin Lewis and Service Manager Brad Mayhew are in training for the gruelling 70 mile ride at the end of June. Proceeds will go to Kidney Research UK and the bike marathon is being organised by Nigel's uncle, Bryn Williams, and his brother Peter Jones.
Ken Grayson said, "Bryn has always been very supportive to our charity fund-raising efforts so taking part in the charity ride in Nigel's memory is the least we can do. "I used to be a keen cyclist but I've not done a lot of riding recently so we're going to have to do quite a bit of training to get ready."
"We're going to have to push through the pain barrier - but it is in a very good cause." Bryn, who lives in Bodelwyddan, is extremely grateful the Peninsula trio are joining the "brutal" ride on June 30.
He said, "Nigel was a fantastic man who never had a bad word for anybody and would do anything for anyone. He was that sort of guy. He was my sister Rhiannons son and left his lovely wife Julie behind when he died. Julie and Nigel didn't have any children and she has never got over his death and probably never will."
"Nigel worked alongside his brother Peter, they were both bricklayers, for many years. Pete and I decided to work together to raise funds for Kidney Research in his memory."
Bryn added: "The challenge is a 70 mile bike ride with 10 cyclists, who are all over the age of 40, taking part. We all leave the Faenol Fawr Hotel in Bodelwyddan at around 10am on Saturday, June 30 heading for Denbigh after that there's a long climb to Bylchau and another to the Sportsman's Arms. We then ride over Denbigh Moors and drop down to Pentrefoelas then along the A5 to Betws Y Coed, through Llanrwst and back on the coastal route through Rhyl. WE then aim to finish back at the Faenol Fawr for a deserved pint or two."