Cyclist’s journey from Mundford to Manchester in memory of late wife

Malcolm Quantrill and Colin Rands are cycling 150 miles from Mundford to Manchester in aid of St Nic

Malcolm Quantrill and Colin Rands are cycling 150 miles from Mundford to Manchester in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. - Credit: Archant

A charity cycle ride will be a memorable journey for one fundraiser as he pedals across the country in memory of his wife.

Malcolm Quantrill will be cycling more than 150 miles in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, which looked after his wife Yvonne before her death in March this year.

He will be joined on his Mundford to Manchester Memorial Ride by friend Colin Rands.

Mr Quantrill said his wife died just after her 60th birthday following a four-year battle with cancer.

'After 40 years of married life together we were hoping for a nice long retirement together.

'This was not to be and so, in her memory, we want to do this cycle ride to raise funds for the hospice who have been excellent in their care.

'Yvonne's wish was to stay at home and this we managed to do but it would not have been possible without the care and support from the Hospice team,' he said.

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Mr Quantrill hopes to raise £2,500 for the hospice on his ride, which will relive a childhood journey from Mundford to Timperley, Manchester.

'In 1966 I first travelled to visit relations in Manchester with my parents in our very old black Ford Popular car. I was even treated to a World Cup match at Old Trafford while I was there. Hungary beat Bulgaria 3-1, and I still have the programme.

'I was only 12 at the time and ever since that visit I have always said I would like to cycle there. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the visit, it seems like a good time to do it,' he said.

The pair, who have been friends for more than 25 years and tackled the Three Peaks Challenge together twice, will begin their journey on August 4 and hope to arrive at Mr Quantrill's cousin's house in Timperley, at midday on August 6.

Malcolm said: 'Yvonne was never very happy about me doing the ride until Colin asked if he could do it with me.

'Now we are both in our 60s and although we still like walking, we have both started to do quite a bit of cycling and now seems like a good time to put another hobby to good use.

'We have both been getting in some miles on our bikes in preparation for it. I have recorded over 1,200 miles since the start of the year and I think Colin is not too far behind.'

Donate to Mr Quantrill and Mr Rands at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mallycolin-ride

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