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 (opens in new tab)' 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. (opens in new tab)

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.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.


Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor. 


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.


Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.