Piece about Will Richard’s Charity Bike Ride

A piece Wills wrote for the Bath Chronicle for their Thursday 5th July edition. His name wasn’t accredited to the article due to a clerical error.

A student from Bath is riding 2,000 miles to raise money for a charity that cared for his grandfather.

Will Richards, a former King Edward’s School pupil, is cycling from Stockholm to Monaco in aid of Dorothy House Hospice Care.

The hospice supported his grandfather as well as the rest of Will’s family before his death.

Will said: “Dorothy House were on standby to look after my grandfather before he died and I believe them to be a great local charity who have helped close friends and their families in the past.”

The 21-year-old, who is studying geography at Manchester University, arrived in Sweden last week, and will be travelling through Denmark, Germany, Belgium and France, before finishing in the principality in a month.

He has linked up with friends who are riding from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean and decided to take off with only two weeks to spare, leaving him little time to train.

Will said: “I have been out on my bike a couple of times, which has been hard work, but I think I will be okay once I’m on my way.”

Will said he had been looking forward to the ride, but that it would be a big challenge for him.

He said: “The weather is definitely a factor, whether it is windy or hot, it will make things a lot harder.

“Along the route there are some hilly parts that will be tough.

“Potholes and bumpy roads won’t help either.

“I also know from the rides I’ve done that sitting on a bike for that long won’t be too comfy.”

He is hoping to raise £1,000 for Dorothy House.

To support him visit http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/WillRichards12.

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