Isabel Hospice's On Your Bike: Graham Mully takes on 100k challenge in memory of dad Robert
A Bishop's Stortford family man is gearing up for a 100k cycle challenge in memory of his father as part of Isabel Hospice’s 10th anniversary On Your Bike fundraiser in the town.
Graham Mully, 46, lives in Bishop’s Gate with wife Alison and daughters Charlotte, 8, and Hannah, 7, who go to Hillmead Primary School.
On Sunday May 19, Graham will be tackling the event's 100k (62-mile) course in memory of his dad Robert Mully, who lived in St Michael’s Mead until his death in 2017 aged 74.
“My dad had been receiving help and advice from Isabel Hospice,” said Graham. “The hospice was lined up to provide palliative care, but sadly my dad never made it out of hospital.”
Graham, who works in insurance and risk management, was a supporter of Isabel Hospice long before his father was taken ill.
“I helped at On Your Bike several years ago and also at the Hospice Bubble Rush 5k in Cheshunt,” he said.
“I'll be helping set up and pack away this year at On Your Bike as well as taking part. I ride almost daily, so I’m always training.
“I do some sportives but only have one, the Dartmoor Classic, booked at the moment. I’d encourage anyone to come along and raise money for a great cause whilst enjoying the countryside on quiet local roads.”
The fundraiser starts and finishes at Bishop’s Stortford rugby club’s Silver Leys ground. "The route is lovely and not particularly challenging so suits all riders,” said Graham.
Cyclists taking part on Sunday, May 19 can choose from 25k (15.5-mile), 50k (31-mile) and 100k (62-mile) routes, all of which take them on a picturesque ride through the East Herts and north-west Essex countryside and villages surrounding Bishop's Stortford.
25k: A circular ride taking in the pretty villages of Manuden and Stocking Pelham before heading back through Patmore Heath and Farnham.
50k: Starting on the same route as the 25k, this route takes riders into Clavering, on through Upper Langley Green, Anstey, Great Hormead and Brent Pelham before rejoining the 25k route just before Patmore Heath.
100k: This follows the same route as the 25k and 50k rides before splitting from the 50k route at Clavering. The route will then take the field to Brent Pelham, down into Great Hormead and on into Barley. They will then cycle to Saffron Walden via Wendens Ambo before looping back round towards Clavering where they will rejoin the 50k route.
Every cyclist will be given a bottle of water/cereal bar on arrival, a chipped race number, a map of the route and a medal when they finish.
Tickets are £25 for adults (14 and over) and £10 for children (under 14). These prices include a free T-shirt. To register, visit www.isabelhospice.org.uk/onyourbike or call 01707 382544.