Couple take on cycle challenge

Kath and Rick Wiggans
Kath and Rick Wiggans

A retired couple from Claughton on Brock have set themselves the challenge of taking part in Britain’s biggest cycling race in a generation to raise money for their niece who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Kath, 59, and Rick Wiggans, 63, are in the middle of a mammoth year of fundraising as they look to gather in £25,000 to help buy a specialised wheelchair for seven-year-old Evie Ball, daughter of Kath’s brother Alan.

Having already helped organise several events through their fundraising appeal with Rock FM Cash for Kids, the couple decided to sign up for this summer’s first-ever Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, a bike ride which will see 20,000 other riders take to the streets of London.

The race starts from the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is just one of a series of events taking place in the capital next month, with an eight-mile FreeCycle around the city’s iconic landmarks as well as a Grand Prix for aspiring young cyclists and the London-Surrey Classic featuring some of the world’s best riders.

And while both may enjoy cycling having taken it up following their retirement 16 years ago, Kath insists it will not be a competition – with the main aim being to help their niece, who lives in Preston.

“Evie is unable to walk and has dexterity and vision impairment,” said Kath, who worked for BT for 32 years.

“They have moved house to get more downstairs space for her and undergone renovations.

“We do not want her to have to suffer for any want of electrical equipment or wheelchair.

“She is quite a personable character. Her smile lights up any room. She just wants to be able to move around more.

“Rick joined Garstang Cycling Club four years and I joined, too. I’ve gone from a bit of a workaholic to a playaholic.

“I prefer to do it at my own pace. You set yourself personal goals and prefer to focus on that.

“My husband has always been pretty fit, he represented Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games in the 90s.

“A hundred miles is an awful long way, I’m just trying to prepare myself as best I can.”

To support Kath and Rick, make a donation via www.justgiving.com/kathwiggans

RideLondon takes place on August 3 and 4. Visitprudentialridelondon.co.uk