Ann-Marie to scatter husband’s ashes on her cycle ride

Ann-Marie Lavery of Priors Terrace at Tynemouth who is doing a double coast to coast cycle ride in memory of her husband who died of cancer.

Ann-Marie Lavery of Priors Terrace at Tynemouth who is doing a double coast to coast cycle ride in memory of her husband who died of cancer.

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THE widow of a cycling enthusiast is to pedal 250 miles on her late husband’s bike this week, scattering his ashes along the way.

Ann-Marie Lavery is cycling from Tynemouth to Whitehaven and back again with seven friends in memory of her husband David Beecroft.

The 43-year-old, of Tynemouth, is hoping to raise £1,500 for the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer, after the illness claimed the life of 45-year-old David last year.

The couple spent 12 years living in San Diego and since moving back to Tynemouth five weeks ago, Ann-Marie has concentrated all her efforts on organising the fundraising bike ride.

She said: “David was a huge cyclist and I went cycling with him.

“He gave me my love of cycling and after he died it became a huge thing for me to do.

“It was my escape to deal with the grief.

“He left me a legacy – a love of cycling I could use to do good.”

Ann-Marie said that while the couple had talked about doing the coast-to-coast ride for years, she favoured shorter trips.

But she and her friends took the decision to double the distance as a tribute to David, while Ann-Marie will be riding his beloved Klein bike so he can be there is spirit.

She said before they set off: “We did charity rides out in California, he would do 100 miles, I did 63. Now there’s no stopping me doing as many miles in a day.

“Everything I’m doing is on his bike, in that way it’s like him being part of it, I do it for him.

“I’ve scattered some of his ashes in King Edward’s Bay.

“When I get to Whitehaven I’m going to scatter the rest up the hardest, highest, longest, steepest hill.”

Donations can be made via www.justgiving.be/Ann-Marie-Lavery