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Romance and more at the Isle of Wight Randonnee

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 15:13

THERE was love and laughter in the air for this year's Isle of Wight Randonnee.

A couple who met on the Isle of Wight 25 years ago returned on Sunday to compete in the cycling Randonnee, as well as raise funds for Independent Arts.

Mark and Caroline Pengelly met at St Mary’s Hospital where Mark was a civil engineer working on the new hospital and Caroline was a student nurse.

The couple were married at Brighstone church in April 1991 — the same date the new-look St Mary’s Hospital re-opened.

Caroline, who grew up in Brighstone, said: "We have known of the work of Independent Arts for many years now, and feel the work it does is invaluable for older people across the IW."

The couple, who now live in Cambridge, have so far raised more than £2,600.

They rode with a group of close friends including 12-year-old Louis Pearce who may have been the youngest rider to complete 50 miles.

Meanwhile brave Dom Marle completed the race in his mankini, raising hundreds of pounds for the neo-natal and still birth charity SANDS.

Dom, of Bournemouth, was accompanied by friends Steve Wallis and Alan Noble and said they were well supported by many Islanders.

"I had a charity box with me and collected £60 on the day.

"A lot of people were asking me what I was doing, it was a great way to get the word out about the charity," said Dom, who is already planning a new outfit for next year.

For more Randonnee coverage, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, May 8.

Dom Marle and friends at the Isle of Wight Randonnee

Dom Marle and friends Steve Wallis and Alan Noble at the Isle of Wight Randonnee.

 


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