We will be pedalling in tandem for British Heart Foundation the 54 mile London to Brighton cycle ride on Sunday, 17 June 2018.
We are aiming to raise at least £10 for every mile cycled. Irene and Tim want to support a cause that is close to them – and they hope to entertain fellow cyclists and supporters along the way.
Irene said: “We are fitting in our cycling training around our professional work, music teaching, performing and looking after our grandchildren. We’re so looking forward to supporting such a worthwhile cause.”
Upon finishing their cycle, Irene plans to “sing her heart out” on Brighton’s seafront by performing a famous opera aria set to her own lyrics, accompanied by Tim, to raise awareness of the work the British Heart Foundation do.
At the age of 19, in the year Irene was accepted to study singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London, her family were devastated through the sudden death of her father, David Owen, who suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 55. Irene’s mother, Inez Owen, died at the age of 84 where her heart simply stopped beating. Irene herself manages a heart condition called Atrial fibrillation which is sometimes called AFib or AF for short, meaning she has a quivering or irregular heartbeat.
Irene said: “I have a heart condition myself and ever since I was diagnosed, I have been determined to continue living life to the full. The last thing I wanted was for it to prevent me from continuing on as normal. I manage it through regular activity, breathing exercises and having a healthy diet – most of the time! I take the advice I give to my own singing students; focus, live in the moment and enjoy every minute."
The couple are not new to traveling by tandem, as they bought their first one in 1977 and rode from London to Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales for a wedding. They then continued on through the Brecon Beacons, through Blaenau Festiniog and on to Irene’s hometown, Rhyl, in North Wales.
Speaking about the journey, Tim said: “It was one of the best holidays we’ve ever experienced. Panniers were a bit of a luxury in those days, so a small evacuation suitcase was strapped to the back!”
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