Triumph supports Thankful Villages Run

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Triumph is encouraging riders to join the Thankful Villages Run, a nine-day charity ride over 2500 miles to all 51 UK villages that were fortunate enough to have all their soldiers return home alive at the end of the Great War in 1918.

The journey starts at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, near Aberystwyth at 8am on Saturday 27th July and returns at 7.30pm on Sunday 4th August. Dougie Bancroft and Medwyn Parry, who are organising the event, aim to raise £51,000 in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Triumph is loaning two Trophies to the duo, featuring bespoke poppy field designs to act as a visual link to the Royal British Legion. The pair will visit every village and present the residents with a commemorative slate plaque and certificate as remembrance of their contribution.

Guy Masters, general manager of Triumph UK, said: “We are proud to support Dougie and Medwyn with their unique project. The Thankful Villages story is one not many people are aware of, and hopefully this project will do a great deal to help rectify this. We wish them both all the best.”

Dougie Bancroft says: “Both Medwyn and I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Triumph and our sponsors. We can’t wait to hit the road.”

Riders are welcome to join any part of the trip, but are encouraged to make a minimum donation of £5 per bike per day. Further details of the ride are available on the website,


Hannah Rundle

By Hannah Rundle