5th Jul, 2020

Cyclists pedalled from dawn until dusk around Solihull park in memory of friend

Sarah Mason 17th Sep, 2019

PEDAL power was in force when a Shirley man cycled from dawn until dusk in memory of a friend who took his own life.

Nick Hanson took on a 12 hour challenge around Tudor Grange Park’s cycling track at 7am on September 7 and kept going until 7pm in aid of Solihull Mind.

The 58-year-old cycled 240 laps, which is equal to 134miles, and was joined by family, friends, members of Solihull Cycling Club and park runners during his ride out.

He completed the challenge to mark 30 years to the day of the midway point of a ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats with three friends.

Tragically one of his fellow riders, John, took his own life and in his memory Nick vowed to raise £1,000 to help others suffering mental health illnesses.

Nick was joined on the track by John’s brother for a few hours in the morning and John’s ex-wife in the afternoon.

Nick said: “This challenge wouldn’t have been successful without the support of my family or the numerous fellow cyclists who came to join me on the day.

“What started out as a small idea to raise funds for Solihull Mind led to me cycling further than I have in one go in the last 30 years.

“I’m sure John would be proud.”

So far he has raised more than £2,500 thanks to the generosity of loved ones, supporters of Mind and those who remember his friend.

Speaking to The Observer before the event Nick said: “Solihull Mind was the obvious charity of choice, I have spoken with the staff there and have been given a good idea id what they do to help local people.

“If my cycle challenge can help projects support just a handful of people in the area I would be over the moon.”

For more or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/solihull-mind.

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