Former Arsenal players join cyclists in Welwyn Garden City for annual event

PUBLISHED: 13:02 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:19 09 May 2017

David Seaman and Bob Wilson after crossing the finish line at Welwyn Garden City Willow Bike Ride 2017  Picture credit: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.

David Seaman and Bob Wilson after crossing the finish line at Welwyn Garden City Willow Bike Ride 2017 Picture credit: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.

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Former Arsenal players, Bob Wilson and David Seaman joined more than 850 cyclists for this year's Hertfordshire 100 event, raising funds for Welwyn Garden City-based charity Willow.

On Sunday, May 7, the Herts 100, organised by Bike Events and supported by Wrights of Hatfield, kicked off at Stanborough Lakes in Welwyn Garden City.

The cyclists took part in either a mighty 100 mile, 60 mile or 25 mile ride through Hertfordshire.

Bob Wilson, 75, a keen cyclist, is co-founder and life president of Willow, the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.

Willow was founded in 1999 by Bob Wilson and his wife, Megs, as a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged just 31.

David and Bob completed the 25-mile route together.

Bob said: “The Herts 100 is a fantastic event, and with so many more people taking part this year it has become a key date in the cycling calendar.

“It’s a bit colder than last year, but there’s always a fun, supportive atmosphere to keep us going.

“Thanks again to David for helping me around the route and for helping to raise much-needed funds.

“Every penny raised in sponsorship helps Willow to provide many more Special Days for seriously ill young adults.

“I would encourage anyone that took part to try and raise as much as they can.”

To find out more about Willow, visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk

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