Lecturer Dave Saul has been training hard for the 70 mile challenge

Lecturer Dave Saul has been training hard for the 70 mile challenge 

Stratford-Upon-Avon College Catering lecturer Dave Saul is due to take part in this year’s Rawlinson Bracket – a long-distance fund-raising cycle sportive being held on Sunday 28 February.


This annual event is organised by Stephen Jefferies in memory of his close friend Nick Rawlinson who sadly passed away in his sleep at the age of 30 on 24th February 2012 from the cardiac disorder Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.  It is run by a group of Nick’s family, friends and colleagues, plus volunteers from the local cycling community.  The aim is to raise funds for research into Sudden Adult Death Syndrome – a cause close to Steve’s heart.  As in previous years, all profits will go to the charity SADS UK which donates cardiac equipment and defibrillators in the community and supports research into SADS;  since the first Rawlinson Bracket in 2013, they have raised over £22,000.

The event, which this year starts and ends at Dallas Burston Polo Club in Southam, consists of two routes around the Warwickshire countryside:  a hilly 70 miles course – known as the Top Bracket – which includes over 1300 metres of climbing and  incorporates the six biggest hills in the county, and a less demanding flatter course covering 33 miles – the Bottom Bracket – with 400 metres of more gentle climbing.

Born in Kenilworth, Nick worked at Jaguar Land Rover.  He was passionate about cycling and the Top Bracket includes some of his favourite local climbs and endurance-building routes.

Dave is a keen cyclist himself – he’s due to tackle the tougher 70 mile route – and has the support of his Catering students, 16 of whom will be playing their part by preparing cakes for the participants when they have completed the course. Dave said, “Me and my bike are seldom parted. I first took part in the Rawlinson Bracket three years ago and I’ve done it every year since. It’s a great challenge and the knowledge that it’s all going to such a good cause is a huge incentive.”

Steve commented: “Nick was a fantastic friend.  Setting up the Rawlinson Bracket over his favourite climbs is my way of honouring his memory, and also making sure we can help SADS UK in their research.  Thanks to everyone who takes part in any way.”

And for those wondering about the event’s name:  Nick owned a notoriously noisy bike and after much investigation the cause of the problem was found to be the bottom bracket – hence the Rawlinson Bracket!

For more information on any of Stratford-upon-Avon College’s courses, please visit www.stratford.ac.uk or call the College on 01789 266245.

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