RONALD KENNETH JEFFRIES
1922 - 2008
Uncle Ron inspired us to go cycling from an early age, his tales of his cycling adventures in the Towy Valley and elsewhere made us want to do the same. So, every year we set forth for this wild area of Mid-Wales and check out the places he has told us about. Ron was the driving force behind the runs section of the Pontypool Cycling Club for many years, before and after the war, and he wrote about their Sunday runs in the Pontypool Free Press every week, one of our favourite entries is below.
Click here to read Ron's articles from the Free Press.
My Rival the Towy Valley
An ode to Ron by Joan Stephens
Ron in a race in Newport in 1949
Ron cycletouring in Scotland in 1949.
Ron at speed (check out those tights and baggy shorts!)
Ron (middle) in a running race! In Crickhowell.
Standing left to right....Bert Wilson (Club sec.) - Jack Jones - Unknown lady - Unknown - Roy Walsh - Johnny Jones - Frank Wilson - Peter Hughes - Ron Jeffries (Runs sec. & pre-war member).
Sitting left to right....Joe Cook (pre-war member) - Charlie Dingle - Unknown - Dennis Thomas - Unknown Lady (from London).
Ron competing in a 10 mile time-trial near Pontypool.
Ron in the 1948 Tour de France? ;-)