Friday 9 December 2016

Nostalgia pedals its way back with the Tweed Run

Donald Cartwright

Published 19/04/2015 | 02:30

The Tweed Run
The Tweed Run

The Tweed Run, which yesterday brought the whiff of times past to the streets of London, has become an eccentric marker of British springtime.

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The quirky event - which first took place in 2009 - sees hundreds of chaps and chapesses don their finest tweeds, flat caps and brogues and embark on a cycle race across London.

Being the civilised affair that it is, there are stop-offs along the way to take tea and tuck into a picnic. The run began after founder Ted Young-Ing found a pair of plus fours in a Glasgow charity shop.

"I bought them thinking they'd be fun to wear when cycling around London and asked a few friends to join me. We decided to make a day of it, put the idea on social media, and it just took off - 250 people turned up," he said

This year there were over 500 tweed-clad participants, whittled down from thousands of hopefuls.

Sunday Independent

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