The Thankful Villages Run Team of Dougie Bancroft (Left with helmet) and Medwyn Parry (Right)

The Thankful Villages Run Team of Dougie Bancroft (Left with helmet) and Medwyn Parry (Right)

Welsh based motorcyclists, Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft, have agreed a deal with tracking specialists Bike Trac, as the duo begin their 2,500 mile Thankful Villages Run that visits all 51 villages in the UK that have no war memorial.

Starting from Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, near Aberystwyth on July 27, the pair who are also backed by Triumph will ride to every one of the 51 villages that were lucky to see all who fought in the first world war return, raising funds for the Royal British Legion and remembering the mental and physical scars that many returned with.

Medwyn Parry commented, “This charity ride is about recognising the places where everyone came back, but remembering that these are communities that were still scarred by the realities of war. In addition the ride respects those in the Armed Forces that have given so much over the last 100 years too. 

“We’ve received great support in the build up to the ride, with one village even rescheduling their fete to coincide with our visit. But this ride isn’t just for us, we welcome other riders to join us too, even if it’s just for a couple of hours or one leg of the journey. And if you can’t make it, then why not follow us online thanks to Bike Trac.”

The Thankful Villages riders commence their run on July 27 and plan to complete the 2,500 mile ride nine days later on Sunday August 4, at the same location they departed from.

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