In 2013 Laurie’s sister Vika successfully completed her epic birthday ride across Wales “from the Bay to Hay”, raising £25,000 for the fund.
It all happened in the week of Vika’s own 15th birthday and what should have been Laurie’s 21st. Well, it was never going to be straightforward, was it?
Mark Williams arrived back in Herefordshire in triumph right on schedule at 4 pm on 27 June 2016, having achieved his target. He had set out from Hay-on-Wye on May 28 to cycle 3100 miles in 31 days, visiting all 39 of the old English counties, plus London, in memory of his school friend, Laurie. At the start the plan had sounded practically impossible – even to him.
He battled with thumping showers, flash floods, punctures, unseasonal cold, London traffic, a stomach upset, aching joints, a malfunctioning phone, a broken saddle, and the steepest hills he’d ever seen in his life. But nothing was going to stop him.