Six-foot father riding 211 miles on 7-year-olds bike to raise money in daughter's memory

The 46-year-old will ride from Bristol to Land's End and began training three months ago

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A six-foot tall father is riding from Bristol to Land's End on his daughter's 'little pink bike' to raise money for a brain tumour charity.

Peter Williams has called his challenge the 'The Little Pink Bike' mission, as he sets off on his daughter's Islabike, designed for a seven year old.

Its original owner, Ellie, lost her life when she was just 7-years-old, from a rare brain tumour in 2015.

Williams proudly states: "Ellie loved cycling and could ride a bicycle without stabilisers when she was just 3-years-old."

Ellie on her bike. Image: Peter Williams

The 46-year-old intends to begin his journey on September 26, and has set a goal of raising £10,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity. At time of writing, he had already collected £7,801 via a JustGiving page.

Williams will travel through Bristol city centre, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall - his route is by no means flat and he intends to cover the distance in around a week.

The Cornwall based farther posted an updated three months ago to say that his preparations had begun, stating: "I started training today around Goldsithney, just a few miles to start getting my legs & lungs ready for the big ride on the Little pink Bike!"

Children at St Hilary School, in Penzance, have also been involved in the fundraising efforts, raising £2,763.06 via a three-mile charity ride and Zumba dance challenge.

On his fundraising page, Williams points out that £250 could fund one day of research, and that just 2 per cent of the UK's overall spend on research into cancer goes specifically into learning more about treating brain tumours.

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Cycling Weekly's Tech Editor Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining the two with a career in cycling journalism.

When not typing or testing, Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.

Favourite bikes include a custom carbon Werking road bike as well as the Specialized Tarmac SL6. 

Height: 166cm

Weight: 56kg