Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Cyclist’s 140-mile ride for charity

A MAN from Sonning Common raised £250 for children in Malawi by taking part in a sponsored cycle ride.

A MAN from Sonning Common raised £250 for children in Malawi by taking part in a sponsored cycle ride.

Geraint Harding, 22, rode more than 140 miles from Henley to his family’s home in Sompting, West Sussex, in aid of Christian charity project Starfish Malawi.

Mr Harding, who lives in Pages Orchard with his wife Paula, 18, and their 14-month-old daughter Mia, decided to help his wife do volunteer work with the charity, which builds schools and runs Aids education programmes in Malawi, where the average life expectancy is less than 54 years.

He set off from Henley Baptist Church in Market Place, where the couple are members, and cycled for 11 hours to reach his destination.

On route, he encountered heavy snow in Surrey and his bike suffered a broken gear cable, which was fixed free by staff at Halfords in Aldershot.Mr Harding said: “It was the cold that really got to me. I really wanted to give up when the snow came but I knew I just couldn’t.

“I pushed through even though my body hated me for it. Afterwards I felt relief that I’d finally done it more than anything else.”

He rode back the following day, taking almost 10 hours.

Mr Harding said: “My daughter gave me such a warm reception when I got back — she didn’t want to let go of me.”

He hopes to double the amount he has raised. To donate, call the church on (01491) 577414 or email Mr Harding at geraint harding71@gmail.com

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