Cyclists to take on 300-mile trip in honour of their friend

PUBLISHED: 18:00 06 September 2019

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Friends of a man who died after a sudden cardiac arrest will take on a 300-mile cycling trip in a bid to raise money for charity.

Karen Martyn-Jones, one of the trip's organisers, planned the three-day adventure in memory of Richard Turley, also known as Rik, who passed away last September.

Rik, had planned on taking part in a sponsored bike ride from Bristol to St John's Hospice, in Lancaster, where his friend had received care before dying of cancer in 2014.

The 45-year-old, from Congresbury, who was passionate about cycling, never got the chance to do this, as he died on September 10 last year.

Pete Raistrick said Rik, who he was a friend of for 14 years, was a selfless man who did nothing half-heartedly and brought fun and happiness to the lives of everyone who knew him.

He said: "I've spent many hours reminiscing with friends and on my own over many happy memories.

"He was non-judgemental, generous, kind and caring.

"It was the love of cycling that brought us together and many of the guys who are taking part in the trip.

"He had wanted to do the cycling trip for his friend who died of cancer, but one thing led to another and he never got the chance to.

"This is a memorial for Rik and his friend.

"There's nothing more he would have loved than his friends doing a cycling ride."

The journey to Lancaster, which takes over four hours by car, will be spilt over three days, starting on Saturday.

They will start their journey at his home in Congresbury where he lived with his wife and children, and head to Worchester as their first stop, and Crewe on the second day.

On the last day, they will be heading to the hospice, where they will also meet Rik's family who live there.

His mother, Cynthia Blackhurst, said Rik's death has left a hole in their lives.

She said: "Richard lit up a room when he arrived.

"He gave the best bear-hugs ever and was devoted to Jane and his two children.

"He was close to all the wider family and enriched the lives of those he worked with."

They will also be raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), another charity Rik was passionate about.

To donate money, visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/RideforRik

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