A TEAM of pub regulars from Hanbury are preparing to get on their bikes for a 250-mile trip in memory of the son of one of the cyclists.
Colin Lambert and six friends from the Cock Inn will be travelling 250 miles in just three days when they head to the Isle of Man next week, in the hope of boosting funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance.
They are doing the route in memory of Mr Lambert’s son James, who died in a motorcycle accident in August 2010.
“Losing James was the worst of all things, and this is the first thing I have done in his memory.
“He loved the Isle of Man; it was like a second home to him,” Mr Lambert, 51, told the Mail.
The group – Iggy Allsopp, Adam Hall, Jason Fletcher, Dave Millward, Bruce Montgomery, Simon Brough and Tim Adams – will set off from the pub next Thurdsay, returning to a party and a well-earned pint on the Saturday.
They are hoping that their hard work will raise £4,000 for the air ambulance, which firefighter James, 24, keenly supported.
Mr Lambert said: “They are there for anyone who is in trouble who is not in a city, and it’s great what they do.”
It is the second time the group has harnessed pedal power to raise money for charity. Last year, the group rode to Skegness and back to boost funds for Wish Upon a Star.
After covering the same amount of miles last year, Mr Lambert said they were feeling comfortably confident, but added: “None of us are cyclists. We’re just seven fat, unfit people who don’t look good in Lycra. We did it last year and we’re ok for it.
“It’s a harder ride than last year. Going over the mountain will be a hell of a feat on a bike when you’re pedalling.”
The trip will be poignant for Mr Lambert, as he took James there as a child, and the pair were both interested in motorbikes.
When the group return from their epic journey, they will return to a charity fund day at the Cock, which is being held to further boost funds. There will be a bungee jump running alongside the event.
Anybody wanting to sponsor Team Cock should visit www.justgiving.com/Team-Cock/2/