The Britannia Times
Ruth's StoryPublished on 23rd. March 2017
All of our riders have a story behind why they join The Ride, it is a wonderful thing to find out what they are and the reasons for riding 25, 55 or 100 miles!
Ruth Clayton and her family from Sheffield have been Eroica Britannia fans since 2015, they have a very touching reason for riding their first Eroica Britannia and it has now become somewhat of a family tradition! A great story not only to inspire you but one that’s makes us proud of what Eroica Britannia mean to others.
“I sadly lost my Dad a few years ago now, at the time he was playing tennis at Bradfield Tennis Club, we found out later he had an undiagnosed heart condition. There wasn't a defibrillator at the club and due to the lack of phone signal at that location, people had to ring for an ambulance at the local shop, he sadly passed away on court.
We will never know if a defibrillator could have saved him but from that moment I wanted to raise funds and place one in the club in memory of my Dad and for the benefit of the community. Initially we decided to take part in the London to Brighton bike ride but I tore my meniscus and was unable to take part, I was gutted.
However the following year in 2015 I decided to take part in the 30 mile bike ride at Eroica Britannia. My husband Andy went for the 55 mile route, I was super nervous on the morning, having only cycled 20 miles previously on my old bike. I wore a red and white polka dot dress which kept getting caught in my back mudguard much to my amusement.
What a flipping brilliant day it turned out to be! My mum met me enroute for a shandy at The Barrel Inn and I was greeted on the finish line by an enormous hug from my sister, safe to say we cried a lot!
Due to our friends and family's generosity, we raised enough sponsorship to buy the defibrillator and to cover the costs for a couple of years too, we raised just over £1300 in total!
On my Dad's birthday in July we presented the defibrillator and plaque to the club, we also met the men who were playing tennis with our Dad at the time of his death, it was quite the day!
Last year I cycled Eroica Britannia with my two sons Elijah and Isaac, this time I opted for a burgundy number which matched my Raleigh Cameo perfectly! We all loved it and once again the four of us are booked on again this year. Not yet bought this years outfit yet though..."