Clare’s 102 laps fuelled by pedal-powered determination

Date: Friday 16th February 2018
Peggy Greenwood on her 102nd birthday and fundraiser Clare Tremayne.
Peggy Greenwood on her 102nd birthday and fundraiser Clare Tremayne.

A FUNDRAISER cycled 102 laps of Tirril and Sockbridge to celebrate her friend’s 102nd birthday and raised nearly £1,500 for charity.

Clare Tremayne, of Tirril, decided to commemorate Sockbridge villager Peggy Greenwood’s milestone birthday by cycling the distance, with each lap being just less than a mile.

Last year, Clare made 101 cards for Peggy’s 101st birthday. She sold the cards for a donation for charity and raised £180.

The mileage of this year’s fundraiser was completed over the course of two days and Clare used the opportunity to raise money for Sunbeams Music Trust and Motor Neurone Disease Association, dedicating the ride to a friend who died of MND.

On the first day of the challenge, last Thursday, Clare found she could not sleep, so set off cycling at 3am. She began the ride at Peggy’s house and planned on finishing the challenge there too.

By midday, she had completed 61 laps, but had to pause while she attended the official opening of Annie Mawson’s Sunbeam Music Trust headquarters by the Countess of Wessex, which Peggy also attended.

The Countess was among those who sang happy birthday to Peggy at the event.

The following day, which was Peggy’s birthday, Clare started her ride at 8am and aimed to finish by 3-30pm, ready for Peggy’s birthday tea party. Partygoers welcomed her with a round of applause.

“It has been an amazing couple of days,” said Clare. “Riding in the early hours, stopping to chat to people cheering me on, beeps from cars, riding with friends who accompanied me on some laps, people giving me money while riding, cakes, wine and muscle cream being left on my doorstep, plus more money. People have been so generous.”

Clare, a gardener, said she has been overwhelmed by the support from villagers and said it showed what could be done with some determination.

She hopes to carry out more challenges in the future, but will take a well deserved rest in the meantime.