A charity bike ride in the name of Corby’s Victoria Cross hero James Ashworth got under way this afternoon (Saturday, April 20).
Fourteen people, including Lance Corporal Ashworth’s father Duane and two brothers, are cycling from Edinburgh to London in just six days to raise money for Help for Heroes and BLESMA, which supports military personnel who lose limbs. The group have already raised thousands of pounds for each of the charities.
The group set off from Corby today – they are driving to the Scottish capital, with the first leg of ride on Monday. They will finish at the Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace in central London, next Saturday.
“It’s been absolutely amazing,” Duane said. “We were originally aiming to raise six grand but we are at £8,000 already. We are probably going to end up with £10,000 to £12,000”
He said they would be covering an average of between 80 and 90 miles a day, culminating with a 120-mile final leg into London, at a planned average speed of 12 miles an hour.
One of the organisers, Jermaine Jones – who used to play football with James – said: “I thought it would be something where everyone would find it easy to train for, rather than doing a long-distance run.