Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies joined the Wales Area manager of The Royal British Legion, Veterans, Serving personnel and other Assembly Members to race against the clock on an exercise bike to mark the Remembrance period in Wales and commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago.
The 6 hour bike ride was held in the Senedd aiming to mark this very special year for Remembrance in Wales. Huw represented his constituency by cycling as far as he could in 5 minutes with the hope of topping the leaderboard as he did last year. This year’s ride saw Huw cycle 1.53 miles within the 5 minutes.
The bike ride was organised by The Royal British Legion in Wales and builds on the successful bike ride held in the National Assembly in 2016.
Members of Parliament will also undertake the same challenge next week along with members of the Scottish Parliament.
The target of 300 miles was achieved just after 3pm after over 6 hours of pedaling from everyone involved. The bikes were kindly donated by Pure Gym Cardiff with over 70 people taking part overall. The leading Assembly members on the day, cycling the greatest distance in 5 minutes, were Lee Waters AM and Hannah Blythyn AM.
Huw Irranca-Davies AM said: “Big thanks again to the Royal British Legion for arranging another Poppy Ride in the Senedd. I support commemoration and fund-raising efforts in communities right across Ogmore and it’s great to be able to support this worthy cause here as well. The Royal British Legion provides invaluable support to our Armed Forces community and the upcoming annual Remembrance period shines a light on the hard work they do throughout the year.”
Wales Area manager Ant Metcalfe said: “We were delighted to welcome Huw Irranca-Davies AM to our annual Poppy Ride in Wales. This event is a different, way of marking the Remembrance period alongside all of the other vital local and national events the Legion is involved with at this time. 2017 marks the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele and we hope this event has brought us all together to remember and also raise awareness of those who continue to requires the Legion’s support today. Over 70 people participated on the day including serving personnel from the Royal Navy along with Legion beneficiaries and members. It is always a real team effort and we were delighted to be able to work with the Assembly to host this once again’.