Sunday morning pedal power

Sunday cycle in aid of Home-Start Dacorum. Eight cyclists were seen off by Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning.

Sunday cycle in aid of Home-Start Dacorum. Eight cyclists were seen off by Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning.

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EIGHT cyclists were up early on Sunday and ready to embrace pedal power in aid of a good cause.

Together the team is expected to raise £1,500 for Home-Start Dacorum, which helps families that are struggling to cope with the stresses of bringing up a young family.

This year’s cyclists were Nick Hexter, Paul Hexter, John Dryden, Henry Tse, Rob Orton, Ryan Dean, Wayne Barnes and Dr Kirsty Saunders, the charity’s first female rider.

Setting off at 8am from Hemel Hempstead’s Breakspear Park, the ride was started by Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning and covered a 100km boundary of Dacorum.

The event, first held last year, is organised by volunteer Nick Hexter, while his wife helped out by arranging refreshment for riders at the half way point. They arrived back at the starting point at 4pm.

Home-Start Dacorum co-ordinator Debbie Brown said: “Thanks go to Breakspear Park for allowing up to use thier premises as a focal point to start and finish the event, Mike Penning MP for his upbeat and humorous presence, the cyclists for their dedication and commitment and to all of those who have supported us in any way.”

To support Home-Start or to find out about volunteering call 01442 254499. Picture by Jim Garnett