A keen cyclist will be mountain biking for 24 hours straight in Trefonen to raise money in memory of his late friend.

Lee Williams will be raising money for the Severn Hospice in memory of his late friend Kevin 'Shelfy' Hanmer by cycling for 2 hours straight around Trefonen in a celebration of his life.

Shelfy passed away last year aged just 52 and for Lee this was fitting tribute

“Years ago I suffered a nasty injury while kickboxing and I was quite worried about my weight, said Lee.

“Shelfy said “why don’t you come mountain biking?” and he lent me one. He took me out and I absolutely fell in love with it.

Border Counties Advertizer: Lee's late friend Kevin 'Shelfy' Hanmer Lee's late friend Kevin 'Shelfy' Hanmer (Image: Lee Williams)

“He contracted cancer and we lost him last year on May 17. I worked with him for years as well. He was very dear friend and I thought how can we celebrate his life?

“I’m not one of these who mourn death. I like to celebrate their life.

“As he passed on the 17th, I thought what about a 24-hour mountain bike ride.”


Lee said the decision to raise money for the hospice was a “no brainer” as they have taken care of relatives and family friends.

Lee has always been active and has competed in multiple triathlons and iron man events but even so the bikeathon has required careful planning and has required a team to get involved and has seen support from the local community.

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“My wife Mandy is taking care of the cash paper and making cakes for the day,” said Lee. “Lisa my sister has organised St John’s Ambulance crew as support, team Torq, Morrison’s in Oswestry have helped with nutrition.

“Michelle Bowen, a sports injury Therapist of Wrexham has been excellent keeping my muscles firing on all cylinders, Dave Griffiths a cycling coach of Morda has been doing a program and proper bike fit, James Martin of Mos Adventures will be a support team rider, and Alan Lewis of Adrenaline Sporting Events has been there for tips advice and full-on support.

“Kev and the team at Battams Butchers have also provided yummy pork pies.”

One full lap of his route will take about three hours and Lee is hoping people will join him on the route as he cycles under the banner "You'll never ride alone".

So far he has raised around £1,000 but is hoping to raise more.

You can donate here to help Lee reach his goal.