Wednesday 22 May 2019

Nostalgia pedals its way back with the Tweed Run

The Tweed Run
The Tweed Run

Donald Cartwright

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

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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