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50/50 Challenge

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Our colleague Dave Hilling has many strings to his bow alongside his brilliant pre-production skills. At the weekend he completed a 50 mile cycle challenge, raising over £2000 for Cancer research UK. Dave's brother would have been 50 this year, had he not died of cancer back in 2005.

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Our colleague Dave Hilling has many strings to his bow alongside his brilliant pre-production skills. At the weekend he completed a 50 mile cycle challenge, raising over £2000 for Cancer research UK. Dave's brother would have been 50 this year, had he not died of cancer back in 2005, leaving behind his wife and two very young daughters... not to mention a sister, parents and many friends.



Dave says: "He was a great friend to me always helping me through thick and thin. It would be an understatement to say I miss him and although I can't take him for a drink on his birthday, my thoughts of him are never far away. We were 17 when we cycled from Cardiff to Brecon and back, so this trip seemed like an obvious way for me to celebrate his life and do something to help future Cancer sufferers"



Dave has been training for months on his hybrid bike in preparation for the Brecon to Cardiff cycle run, with friends Simon Moore, Nick Moore, Tom Watkins and Lawrence Mears. But Dave's plans were thrown into chaos last Thursday, just 2 days before the big event, when thieves broke into his garage in Whitchurch and stole the £480 bike!

Dave says: "I reckon the thieves must have been watching our house as my wife only popped out for an hour when they struck"



Undeterred, Dave went out and bought a new bike straight away and despite no time at all on the new saddle, managed to complete the ride in 5 hours. The route was along the Taff Trail (8) using the disused lines of the Brecon & Merthyr, PC&NR and Rhymney Railways. The challenge started at Cardiff Bus station with a ride on the Brecon Bike Bus to Brecon town centre. From here the 5 cyclists rode along a section of the Brecon canal towpath that ended at a working lock before heading to Talybont Reservoir. Then came a 5.5 mile rough track up the side of the valley to the disused former Torpantau railway station, the highest point of their ride. The scenery here is outstanding and worth the effort.

The route was mostly downhill from here into Merthyr via two spectacular viaducts at Pontsarn and Cefn Coed (closed in 1963). The trail carried on past the site of the 1966 Aberfan disaster and onto Quakers Yard along Trevithick's Penydarren tramway of 1804. The ex-railway lines continued to Taffs Well where the trail ran along the Taf river all the way into Cardiff Bay and the finish point at the Pierhead building, itself the former headquarters of the ex-Cardiff Railway.



Dave says: "I couldn't do anything for Gareth's fight against Cancer, but hopefully with the money we raised on this cycle run I can help others who are fighting this frightening disease."

If you would like to sponsor David, go to www.justgiving.com/garethhilling, your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Or you can text GALH63 and the amount in pounds to 70070, the text message is free and all of the donation will be passed to Cancer Research UK.

For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work, and to find out how to support the charity, call 08701 60 20 40 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org.uk

So please dig deep and donate now.

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