A letter written for Highway Cycles By Forbes Mutch;
Highway Cycles to the rescue
Local disabled rider Forbes Mutch walked into Highway Cycles last Wednesday wanting to buy an electric bike immediately.
Why the urgency? His wife Jenny was running in the Virgin Virtual London Marathon at the weekend and Forbes needed to accompany her as she ran 26 miles (42km) down the River Lee towpath into London.
.After entering the shop, accepting a cup of coffee, discussing his budget and what bikes suited him best and test riding three or four models, an hour later Forbes had purchased a Riese & Muller Roadster Vario.
Forbes and Jenny then completed their marathon challenge and raised over £2,000 for the charity International Health Partners (IHP). Their fundraising was boosted by a generous donation from Highway Cycles. Now that really is service beyond expectation!
.The Virtual Marathon is part of the official London Marathon event, but participants can choose to run their own route locally, so long as it covers the required distance and is run on the same day as the London event (Sunday 3 October this year). The progress and completion time of each virtual runner is recorded on a mobile app administered by Virgin Money.
Jenny - who celebrated her 60th birthday last December - finished her course from Hartham Common in Hertford to Victoria Park near Stratford in London in 5 hours, 29 minutes. It was her first marathon.
Forbes (65) had a below-the-knee amputation two years ago as a result of diabetic complications. He has had Type 1 Diabetes since he was 10 years old.
He says that the purchase of an e-bike has allowed him to continue cycling, despite his disability. “The extra battery power more than makes up for the loss of a limb,” he says. “It’s a great investment in lifestyle.”
Forbes is a Lay Leader at St Andrew’s church in Hertford, but also works part time for IHP. The charity distributes donated medicines to aid agencies and health professionals working in crisis areas of the world. As Forbes says, his new bike has helped, not only the charity, but the thousands of people that IHP supports in such countries as Ethiopia, Haiti, Lebanon and Yemen.
Forbes Mutch- 4 October 2021