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