An amazing army of Herefordshire cyclists have crossed the finish line of a monumental two-day challenge to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

On Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, some 22 friends and members of the Snell family cycled 75 miles to raise money for The National Brain Appeal’s rare dementia support fund and The Race Against Dementia.

Due to increasing numbers, including younger people, being affected by dementia, the cyclists believe it “should be prioritised” as an illness and hope that their fundraising can help.

The team hope their ride for dementia will make a differenceThe team hopes their ride for dementia will make a big difference (Image: Anthony Snell)

Anthony Snell, who took part in the epic cycle, says their charity donations currently stand at £24,000, but the team would “love a little more support to get the donations to a vital £30K”. You can still help the Snell cycle squad reach their goal by donating now.


The cyclists trained extremely hard for this challenge, with a 50-mile training session on June 16, and through both group and individual sessions with team member Ady Watts on his Wattbike cycle fitness training.

All 22 charity cyclists at their starting pointAll 22 charity cyclists at their starting point (Image: Anthony Snell)

The team started their journey at 8am on June 22, setting off from the Snell's family farm, Windmill Hill fruit farm at Harewood End.

They headed to Hay on Wye before cycling on to Kingsland and finally ending their epic ride at the Ludlow Travelodge, where they recovered and spent the night after almost eight hours of pedalling. 

Potholes pose a problem to the cyclists: dodging them was essentialPotholes posed a problem: avoiding these was essential (Image: Anthony Snell)

The second day saw Mr Snell and the rest of the team again on their bikes for 8am, this time cycling to Bromyard, Upton on Severn, and then Ledbury before a final challenging 21 miles back to their starting point.

Despite the potholes and hilly terrain, nobody suffered any major injuries. Mr Snell feels absolutely “delighted” after their “very successful” ride.