STAFF at Stratford School saddled up for a charity bike ride at the weekend in memory of a much-missed colleague who died two years ago.
Dr Neil Wood, who died in May 2020, was remembered on Saturday (June 25) when his fellow teachers took part in a cycling event they dubbed “Woody Bike”.
Dr Wood, who has been described by his colleagues as “a fantastic teacher, a devoted husband, a magnificent father and a much-loved colleague, who is, and will be forever, missed”, loved to ride his bike and so this challenge was seen as particularly fitting, as it combined his love of exercise with the great outdoors.
Dr Wood would cover many miles, very quickly and very often, according to his fellow teachers, venturing around his local area of The Lenches, as well as taking cycling holidays that included strenuous routes across Europe.
Not content at just cycling, Dr Wood – or Woody as he was affectionately called – was also a keen runner who could be often found running through the villages of Worcestershire.
Following in his tyre tracks, staff at Stratford School were able to choose between a variety of different bike rides – or a run or a walk – all of different lengths depending on ability. These were the Single Barrel loop of 20 miles, the Double Barrel loop of 50 miles, the Full Woody – a hilly 100 miles, the Woody run – a 10km loop around Stratford, or the Woody Walk – a 5km loop around Stratford.
All cash raised in sponsorship, which is still rolling in, will go to The Teenage Cancer Trust – a charity Dr Wood supported.
The events started at different times to enable all those taking part to be back at school in the afternoon for a celebration of what they had all achieved and to reminisce about their much-missed colleague.
To donate towards the Woody Bike charity event visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Stratford-upon-Avon-School-Staff-Team