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peter’s inspirational ride to the home of golf for Tŷ Hafan

Peter Lawson hadn’t cycled seriously for 37 years but this didn’t stop the 61-year-old keen golfer from embarking on a 425 miles in four days bike ride from Radyr Golf Club to St Andrews in Scotland in aid of Tŷ Hafan!

Peter, who joined Radyr Golf Club in 2018 from Creigau, plays off a useful handicap of 13 but has been down to 8 before a skiing accident.

Peter Lawson Ty Hafan Golf Cycle

Remarkably Peter only started cycling again in June 2020 after a gap of nearly 40 years as something to do when Covid restrictions meant golf courses were closed.

“I had cycled to Holyhead on two occasions this summer and my golfing friends suggested that the next long ride I decide to do should be for charity,” he said.

“I thought of Radyr Golf Club Vice Captain’s charity, which is Tŷ Hafan, and the fantastic work that they do. I hoped the idea of cycling from Radyr Golf Club to the home of golf in St Andrews would capture the imagination of the membership and support this worthy cause.”

Riding over four days Peter said that in the main part his journey was ‘smooth’ except for a couple of mechanical issues on the last leg from Edinburgh to St Andrews.

Peter Lawson Ty Hafan Golf Cycle

Peter’s schedule

Day 1 Radyr to Nantwich - 135 miles.

Day 2 Nantwich to Penrith - 125 miles.

Day 3 Penrith to Edinburgh via Carlisle - 115 miles.

Day 4 Edinburgh to St Andrews, then after a photo on the Swilken Bridge Peter rode 50 miles back to Edinburgh to catch the train back to Cardiff - 100 miles

Peter took a Radyr Golf Club branded club pin flag up to St Andrews Golf Club, whose course was also designed by Harry Colt, and brought back a St Andrews pin flag back to Radyr as a momento of his achievement.

Peter’s fantastic efforts certainly captured the attention of his fellow Radyr Golf Club members with nearly £3,000 raised to share between Tŷ Hafan and Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

“Being out on the road on my own for nine hours a day was a bit daunting at times, but the support of Radyr Golf Club’s Vice Captains and the kind messages posted online kept me going.

“I managed to stay just ahead of my target average speed of 15mph for the whole journey but I hadn’t realised quite how hungry I would get. I had to have an extra small meal at 3am each day to make sure I didn’t run out of energy later in the day.

“Sitting up in bed in the middle of the night eating bananas, chocolate milk and a flapjack, was a new experience for me!

“I’m humbled by the generosity of Radyr Golf Club members. The amount raised is over double what I had hoped for, and I’m so pleased that it’s going to a such a great cause, doing vital work. 

“The overall experience will stay with me for many years and I’m already mulling over a few ideas for another long trip next year!”

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