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Dragon Ride 2009

Rene Merideth from California in the USA took part in the Dragon Ride on Sunday 14th June 2009 in Bridgend, Wales on behalf of AICR.

The Dragon Ride cyclosportive is a circular, 130 or 190km non competitive road cycle challenge ride over the beautiful hills and valleys of South Wales. With around 3000m of climbing, the route takes in the classic Milk Race/Tour of Britain climbs of the Bwlch, Rhigos and Brecon Beacons mountain roads. The ride is based at Pencoed, just outside Cardiff and 2009 will be the sixth occasion this event has been held.

Unfortunately during the race Rene was involved in a crash and had to pull out of the race. She suffered two bruised ribs, a black eye and major road rash on her right side. She said shortly after the race on her twitter page that "even though this was an epic fail, definitely coming back next year. Wipe out could have been worse, Kev and Yvonne looking over me."

The main reason that Rene undertook this challenge was in memory of her friend Kevin Hatch. Kevin had been fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma for the last 3 years and one of his life long wishes was to visit the UK. Rene and her friends had decided to make his wish come true and at the same time raise money for AICR. By holding a silent auction and a "Dinner and A Show" fundraising night Rene and her friends had raised enough money to pay for 3 flights over to the UK. Unfortunately on Friday 24th April Kevin sadly passed away. Rene decided  to still take part in the Dragon Ride but she was sadly riding in memory of Kevin instead. We would like to give Rene a massive thank you for her effort.

Kevin and Rene in April 2006.

Want to help our efforts and have fun? Why not take part in a sponsored event on behalf of AICR?

sponsored marathon runners raising money for cancer research

For a wealth of sponsorship suggestions, have a look at our ideas page.


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