MP Grant Shapps pops tyre seconds into cycling fundraiser for Welwyn Hatfield charity
PUBLISHED: 12:43 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:58 05 September 2017
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A Welwyn Hatfield charity's annual cycling fundraiser was a "wonderful success" - despite MP Grant Shapps popping his tyre seconds after starting.
The Mixed Group, which holds Christmas Day meals for the lonely and elderly, held its annual event over the weekend and raised £1,800 in the process.
Over 20 people took part, including Welwyn Hatfield mayor Lynne Sparks, along with her daughter Myfanwy and husband Ian.
After being officially started by former deputy council leader Alan Franey, the cyclists jovially set off on their 10-mile route to and from Hertford. Well, most of them did.
MP Grant Shapps said: “Seconds into the cycle there was a small bang, which participants wrongly imagined was a delayed starter pistol. In fact, it was my rear tyre blowing out and I ground to a halt.”
Fortunately a bike expert was on-hand to remedy the problem, much to the amusement of onlookers.
He added: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to the day’s hero Lee Clark – a replacement inner tube will be delivered to him today – and of course to the magnificent Sean Cox for continuing to do so much to support our community through his tireless work with The Mixed Group. I’m proud to be their patron.”
Welwyn Hatfield mayor Lynne Sparks added: “It was fantastic to see such a good turnout at this annual local fundraising event and to take part for the first time with my husband and our disabled daughter.
“We were delighted to have the opportunity to support the important contribution The Mixed Group makes to our community.
“We’d also like to thank Herts Disability Sports Foundation for lending us the ability bike.”
The Mixed Group founder Sean Cox said the event was a “wonderful success”, and thanked everyone for their generosity.