Bott are proudly supporting Bude resident Adrian ‘Horace’ Parsons as he cycles a distance of around 1250 miles around the coast of the UK. He’s attempting to visit all the 47 English Surf Lifesaving Clubs to raise funds for Life Saving Great Britain and the Bude Surf Lifesaving Club, which is celebrating its 60th year. The longest leg is 110 miles from Skegness to Cromer; the shortest, Crackington Haven to Bude – all of 12 miles – on the final day of the tour.
Adrian Parsons, known to many as ‘Horace’, is also celebrating his own 60th birthday and his 10th and final year as the Chair of Bude Surf Lifesaving Club, (the first to be established in the UK, and the reference model for all the other clubs.)
Clive Woodward, Managing Director at Bott Ltd, said; ‘Several in the Company know Horace well and admire the work he does within the community, helping and encouraging young people to be safe in and on the sea. This is a real physical endurance challenge, so we were delighted to be in the position to provide him with a support van for his departure from the North Cornish coastal town of Bude on 20 July. The Fiat Fiorino van has been branded with the Surf Life Cycle logo to raise awareness of the bike ride and much-needed funds for Bude Surf Life Saving Club and Surf Life Saving Great Britain. I even joined the support peleton for the first 5 miles, and can vouch for his determination to succeed, having peeled off early on a day when he endured a sweltering 30 degrees of heat on the North Devon Coast!’
Adrian aims to be back in Bude on August 10th, just in time for Vicko’s Surf Carnival and the 60th anniversary celebrations. The arduous adventure will take him as far as Newcastle. Bed & breakfast will hopefully be provided by local surf club members and their families, and the support team in the Bott van will be there in case of injury or bike malfunction.
The Bude Surf Life Saving Club has been an integral part of Adrian’s life, and having started working with Surf Cadets in 1966, he is passionate about promoting the ethos of Surf Life Saving clubs – national networks, inclusivity and community involvement with young people. He has always competed at regional, national and international level and still coaches Nippers and Juniors throughout the season. ‘Cycling has always been something I enjoy, and has run alongside my work and involvement with the Surf Club and other sports I have taken part in,’ said Adrian. ‘The idea of the trip originally came from a moment of madness – but now the trip’s under way, it’s an incredibly exciting prospect on so many levels; personal fitness, getting to see parts of the country I’ve never been to; raising the profile of Surf Life Saving, and making a fitting tribute as an outgoing Chair of the club.’
Bott will be helping to promote him through social media, and you can also follow him during his trip on Facebook Surf Life Cycle. To raise money, supporters are free to take part in any of the legs in exchange for a donation, and will receive a free limited edition T-shirt. Donations can also be made by mobile phone – just text SLCY13 and the amount you wish to donate, up to £10, to 70070, or visit JustGiving .