Teens’ 163-mile ride in memory of Eddie

Brake, Deddington to Liverpool bike ride. Hugh Macer, left and Dan Brady, right. NNL-161005-181753009
Brake, Deddington to Liverpool bike ride. Hugh Macer, left and Dan Brady, right. NNL-161005-181753009

Two teenagers will be cycling from Deddington to Liverpool next month in memory of a school friend who was killed by a drink-driver.

Warriner School pupil Eddie Lynch died after an Audi A6 car collided with his stationary Aprilia moped in April 2011, near Deddington.

Now Dan Brady and Hugh Macer, who went to the same school as Eddie, will be doing the 163-mile ride in aid of the road safety charity Brake and Trauma Assist, an organisation that offers therapeutic help to people affected by traumatic events.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, 17-year-old Dan, who lives in Deddington and now goes to St Edwards, in Oxford, said the death of Eddie had affected them.

He said: “My brother was affected by the crash because he witnessed it.

“Brake helped my brother deal with it and it is the fifth anniversary of the collision.

“I wanted to make sure the memory of Eddie is kept alive in all of us.”

The cycle will take place on July 5 and start from where the collision happened.

Dan estimated the ride would take around 13 hours. The pair hope to raise around £1,500 for the charity and so far have raised £230.

Dan and Hugh, 16, have been training by cycling three times a week in the gym.

On Eddie, Dan said: “Eddie was a friend of my brother and I had spoken to him a few times. I knew his mum – she taught me while I was at Deddington Primary.

“Eddie was a big character, larger than life. He was a really good lad and very popular.

“Everyone knew who he was and saw the good side of him. He is very much missed.”

Dan’s parents have also shown their support for him while giving him some advice on what to expect.

“My mum did a skydive for Brake a few months after the collision happened.

“They’ve been supportive, but have also told me the reality of how painful a cycle ride that long will be.

“They thought it was a good cause and a perfect time to do it while I’m still young.

“It is daunting but it should be good fun.

“We are taking A-roads all the way there so there should be some good scenery.”

The pair have set up a sponsorship page which can be found at www.justgiving.com/Dan-Brady133.

They are also selling wristbands.