28th Oct, 2016

60-year-old set to cycle 60 miles to raise funds for Marie Curie Hospice

Chris Willmott 4th Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

INSPIRED by GB’s phenomenal Rio Olympics success, Sue Butler is training hard, determined to be in top shape for her 60th birthday when she will get on her bike and cycle 60 miles, one for every year of her life.

Sue is taking part in the Tommy Godwin Challenge in aid of the Marie Curie Hospice for the West Midlands on Sunday, September 25, just days ahead of her own big day.

The event was set up in 2013 to honour Knowle’s 1948 Olympic cycling medallist Tommy Godwin and raises vital cash for the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull where Tommy spent the final days of his life.

Last year’s ride saw a fantastic turnout, and raised over £12,000, more than paying for an entire day’s running costs at the hospice.

Tommy’s daughter, Kay, chose August 11 this year as the day to be paid for by that ride.

She said: “In this Olympic year, it seemed fitting that a ride in Tommy’s memory would pay for a day falling on the anniversary of the day in 1948 when Dad won his own Olympic individual medal for the kilometre time trial.

“This year we hope to raise enough to pay for two days in 2017.”

Anyone interested in taking part in in either the 60 mile (100km) ride or the shorter 30km ride which is ideal for families can find out more at www.tommygodwinchallenge.weebly.com.

The event starts and finishes at the hospice, with medals and refreshments for all participants, as well as free photos taken along the route.

Sue is hoping to raise more funds for the hospice, and can be sponsored via her Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/smbutler-TGChallenge.

More information about the Marie Curie Hospice can be found at https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/hospice-care/hospices/west-midlands/about