Chartered Building Surveyor James Barron was back in the saddle for a gruelling cycle ride in memory of his late father – but this time he really had to go the distance.
Enthusiastic cyclist James took part in his first ever 100 mile bike ride, the Tour of Cambridgeshire Sportive, at the beginning of June.
During the ride, James ( far left in the photo) proudly wearing his Alzheimer’s Society jersey in memory of his father David who died from the condition in 2016, at 72.
It was the same jersey James wore in September 2017 during the 54 mile DIFC London to Brighton fundraising cycle event he tackled to raise funds for the charity.
That was a particularly poignant ride, coming just a few weeks before the first anniversary of his father’s death.
One of the most popular cycling events in the UK, The Tour of Cambridgeshire follows a route that starts and ends in Peterborough and takes in some of the county’s picturesque countryside. The 100 mile challenge was among a number of different distances and categories entrants could take part in.
“Needless to say, at a distance of 100 miles, this latest challenge was particularly gruelling, but dad always loved the active, adventurous side of life and I am sure he helped me through it,” said James, who runs Plymouth-based, Barron Surveying Services Ltd with his wife Sara.
“I hope I did him proud and when I reached the finishing line, I made sure I toasted his memory with a very welcome pint of beer.”
Like James, his father was a dedicated chartered surveyor who enjoyed a distinguished career, working for most of it as a Principal Valuer at the Valuation Office in Lincolnshire.
Latterly, he worked as an Estate Manager for Savills in Lincoln, looking after management of Lincolnshire County Council’s farm and estate stock, some 350 holdings and over 20,000 acres.
Towards the end of his career, he worked with James at his offices in Peverell before his health began to deteriorate from the dementia.
“That three years we spent working together was one of the most enjoyable periods of my career and I will always cherish it,” said James.
For more information on James’ services visit www.barronsurveying.co.uk