Press Releases 2017

Tenth annual Daffodil Ride aims to raise record amount for local charities

28.02.2017

Organisers of this year’s annual Daffodil Ride aim to raise a record amount for local charities.  The Daffodil Ride is now in its 10th year and will see hundreds of riders embarking on the challenge of a 43 mile loop through hilly Carmarthenshire. 

Daffodil Ride

As in previous years, all proceeds from the Ride are being donated to local charities. This year’s chosen charities are Carmarthen based Cerebra and the Dylan Rees Trust Fund. 

The ride itself is being organised by 3rd year students from the School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education (SHOE) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). This year two BSc Personal Trainer students, Cerith Evans and Catherine Davies are in charge of organising the Daffodil Ride. Both are studying the Interdisciplinary Support for Adventurous Activities module on the BSc Personal Training course.

Geraint Forster, who runs the Interdisciplinary Support for Adventurous Activities module on the BSc Personal Training course said:

“The module is all about giving students the opportunity to work with people who are preparing for some sort of adventurous challenge and also for students to organise a challenge of their own. So far on this module, students have worked on a one-to one basis with clients who are working towards challenging adventure sports goals including one who is striving to become an Olympic Kayaker. The students have also written an article for Adventure Travel Magazine, giving advice on preparing for outdoor adventurous challenges.”.

“Local events like the Daffodil Ride are a brilliant way of getting your name out there as a personal trainer, if you have your own business the event can raise the awareness of you and your business and secure you more clients. This task provides students with key skills for employability including management of others, it’s a great thing to put on a CV and talk about at interview. The 3rd year of BSc Personal Training and BSc Outdoor Fitness is very professionally focused, students run their own personal training business, they organise events, and it’s less lecture based and more focussed on getting out there and practicing real life skills under the insurance and supervision of the University.”

The founder of the Daffodil Ride, Andy Edwards, who is local to Pendine, set up the event 10 years ago with the aim of breathing life into the village during an otherwise quiet season. Having now moved from Pendine to Carmarthen, Andy was determined that the Daffodil Ride would continue and offered the organising responsibilities to UWTSD students.

Catherine Davies, Event organiser and BSc Personal Training course student said:

“Having the opportunity to manage potentially hundreds of people as opposed to something as specific as personal training is a great experience. Hundreds of athletes are relying on us to run this event, it’s more responsibility than homework and making sure your assignment is on time. A lot of people are relying on us to bring this event together in a safe and healthy environment. It’s great to impact such a large number of people in such a positive way. This project is a very rewarding way to receive a grade at the end of term.”

 Cerith Evans, Event organiser and BSc Personal Training course student added:

"We hope to see this year’s event raise a record amount for the chosen charities.  Both are excellent causes and we’re very pleased to be able to support them through the Daffodil Bike Ride.  

I haven’t had an opportunity to organise an event like this before so it’s really rewarding. Learning about the risk assessment has been really interesting. It’s opened up my vision of the different areas you can steer your career towards. The structure of this course is excellent because your first two years provides you with the information you need and then in the third year we put what we’ve learned into practice.” 

 

The Itinerary for the day is as follows:

March 5 2017

10.30 – 11.45 – Registration at Beach Car Park, Pendine

12.00 – Start

12.00 – 16.00 – 70km Bike Ride

15.00 – 17.00 – Pasta Party at The Coffee Shop, Pendine

 

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk