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Cyclists ride in memory of West Cumbrian brothers

More than 250 people took part in a cycling challenge to remember two Cockermouth brothers.

Keen cyclists Christian Townend, 29, and Nicholas, 21, known as Niggy, died in a collision involving a coach in December 2010 as they were heading home after a bike ride.

Their family decided to hold a cycle ride in their memory, so on Saturday the second Team Townend Pushbike Challenge took place to raise money for RoadPeace, a charity for road crash victims and their families.

So far, the event has raised £6,000, with more cash coming in.

Mum Eleanor Ella, 56, of Brigham Road, Cockermouth, said: “It is a massive tribute to the boys to see this number of people turn out to honour their memory.

“It shows how widespread the support is for them.

“The bike ride seemed the most appropriate way to remember them and the event is something they both would have approved of. Cycling was their passion.

“It would be wonderful to match last year’s total, and RoadPeace have been a massive support to me personally and for the wider family offering advice and moral support.

“We are very grateful to all the sponsors and those who have supported us and offered very significant raffle prizes.”

Riders attempted either 22 or 42-mile routes, which started and finished at Loweswater Village Hall and took in the Newlands and Whinlatter passes.

Their brothers Richard and Robin both tackled the 42-mile route, with Richard completing it in two hours 18 minutes.

Richard, 28, of Brigham Road, Cockermouth, said: “It has been a fantastic day and exceeded our expectations.”

Robin, 25, also of Brigham Road, encountered two punctures but managed to keep going and complete the course.

He said: “It has been an amazing turnout. It goes to show that Christian and Niggy touched a lot of hearts.”

Jamie Law, 25, of Little Broughton, who was one of the first to finish the short course in one hour 26 minutes, said: “I knew all the brothers and it is a shame that something like this had to happen for such a great event to be put on.

“It is good for the area and good for cycling.”

Ian Hayton, 24, of Eaglesfield, said: “Niggy and I were close friends and at times he practically lived in my house. He would be proud of us doing this.”

Janet Farebrother, 65, of Brigham, who completed the short course in two hours 26 minutes, said: “Hopefully the event will promote a lot more safety on our roads.”

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I think this is a wonderful way of remembering the brothers - the cyclists are showing that they will not be driven off the roads by cars.
Remember my Daniel please (killed 1985) and all others killed while riding bikes

Posted by anna briggs on 2 June 2012 at 18:19

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