Porthdinllaen RNLI Coxswain joins club cyclists for mammoth ride fundraiser
Brave cyclists from north Wales have peddled more than 320 miles in three days to raise vital funds to help the RNLI save lives at sea.
In the fifth annual Secilôn challenge Porthdinllaen RNLI Coxswain Mike Davies joined a dozen cyclists from Clwb Beicio yr Eifl for the mammoth ride, again led by well known Welsh TV Presenter and staunch RNLI supporter Morgan Jones, from Trefor.
Cycling more than 100 miles in each of the three days, this was the toughest Seiclôn challenge to date.
The group left on Friday morning (23 June) and braved hours of pouring rain and a mountainous route to complete more than 110 miles on a gruelling first leg. The riders left Morfa Nefyn at around 10am and spent more than nine hours in the saddle until pulling into their first stop off at Llandrindod Wells, Powys.
The group cycled more than 100 miles again on the second day, heading west to Carmarthen before cycling on for the second stop over on Saturday night in New Quay, Ceredigion.
The third day saw the peloton ride the coastal route from New Quay north towards the finish line back in Morfa Nefyn.
Mike Davies said: 'We are again extremely grateful to Morgan Jones and all the cyclists from Clwb Beicio yr Eifl for all their support and of course to all those who have made generous donations. Our Justgiving webpage has already achieved hundreds of pounds and with other money due in the total is already closer to £1,000. As a charity the RNLI relies on the good will of supporters and this money will help us save more lives at sea.’
Morgan Jones said: ‘Clwb Beicio yr Eifl are always proud to support Porthdinllaen RNLI. The Seiclôn is always a tough challenge every year, but all the pain is worth it!
'We are aware that we are supporting brave men and women who risk their lives to save others. Most of our members live in the fishing village of Trefor and most of us own boats and come from boating families. Our connections with the sea are centuries old and therefore supporting the RNLI through cycling is a way for us to show our respect and gratitude to this very special establishment.'
There is still time for you to show your support and donate to the RNLI by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SEICLON-2017
Notes to editors:
The attached picture shows the brave cyclists en route.
For more information please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265 496 or 01745 585162 or by email on Chris_Cousens@RNLI.org.uk.
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