Over 500 cyclists raise funds for Welwyn Garden City-based charity

PUBLISHED: 13:02 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:19 11 May 2018

Willow 100k Bike Ride
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Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.

Willow 100k Bike Ride . Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.

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Hundreds of cyclists rode to raise money for an Arsenal legend's Welwyn Garden City-based charity.

Willow 100k Bike Ride. 
Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.Willow 100k Bike Ride. Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.

Bob Wilson waved off 500 cyclists on Sunday, May 6, for this year’s Hertfordshire 100 event, which started and ended at Stanborough Lakes.

The charity Willow works with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.

The Herts 100, organised by Bike Events and in its fifth year, is a mighty 100-mile, 60-mile or 25-mile ride through the beautiful Hertfordshire landscape.

Keen cyclists came together with reluctant riders, who were all cheered along by friends, family and Willow’s team of volunteers.

Willow 100k Bike Ride
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Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.Willow 100k Bike Ride . Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.

Bob, a keen cyclist, has cycled the previous three years of the Herts 100 since Willow became the chosen charity.

The previous three years have seen the bike ride raise almost £95,000 for Willow – funds raised from 2018 are still coming in.

Bob said: “What a fantastic atmosphere we have at the Herts 100 every year.

“I was disappointed not to be cycling this year but will be back in the saddle for the next one.

Willow 100k Bike Ride
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Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.Willow 100k Bike Ride . Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.

“The Herts 100 and its sponsor, Wrights Estate Agent, have generously supported Willow for the past four years, which has helped so many seriously ill young adults and their loved ones.”

The Herts 100 is generously supported by Richard Davis, Graham Twigg, and local businesses, The Bakehouse, Simmons the Bakers, Ewart Price, Crane & Staples and Bill’s Restaurant, as well as other businesses beyond Hertfordshire.

Willow 100k Bike Ride
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Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.Willow 100k Bike Ride . Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.

Willow 100k Bike Ride
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Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.Willow 100k Bike Ride . Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.

Willow 100k Bike Ride. 
Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.Willow 100k Bike Ride. Picture: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd.

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