South West Wales

Uncle's cycle tribute to Ben and Catherine Mullany

Michael Meredith (centre left) with friends (from left to right) John Cole, Terry Maloney and Kelston Glover, in Monmouth, before they set off on the fundraising cycle ride from north to south Wales.
Image caption The cyclists travelled from north to south Wales in under 24 hours to raise money for the Mullany Fund

The uncle of a man killed on his honeymoon has cycled almost 200 miles across Wales to keep his late nephew's memory alive.

Michael Meredith, joined by three friends, covered the miles to pay tribute to murdered newlywed Ben Mullany.

Mr Mullany and his bride Catherine were shot dead in July 2008 in Antigua.

Mr Meredith, 58, and three friends rode from Anglesey to Swansea, where the couple lived, in 23 hours.

The families of the couple are still waiting for the trial of two men charged with their murder to begin.

He was joined by friends Terry Maloney, John Cole and Kelston Glover.

They left Bull Bay in Amlwch on Monday morning, going via Caernarfon, Aberystwyth, Llandeilo, Ammanford and Pontlliw before arriving outside the Dragon Hotel in Swansea.

Image caption The Mullanys had only been married for two weeks when they were shot on their honeymoon

"I just felt like I had to do something," said Mr Meredith.

"These past three years for my family have been very difficult and we are still no clearer when the people accused of murdering Ben and Cath will stand trial.

"We want to keep the trial and the Mullany Fund in the mind of the public," he added.

Mr Mullany and his late wife, a qualified doctor, died two weeks after they had married in a church near their semi-detached home in Rhos, near Pontardawe.

The couple, both 31, were shot on the day they were supposed to be returning from their honeymoon to south Wales.

Since then the couple's friends and family have worked hard for their memory to live on via a charity.

'Wind and rain'

The charity ride left Bull Bay in Amlwch, Anglesey, just after 1000 BST on Monday, travelling through Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Aberystwyth and Lampeter.

The quartet faced poor weather, while lorry driver Mr Maloney, 53, was left with cuts and bruises after falling off his bike 100 miles into the ride.

They reached Swansea just after 0945 on Tuesday.

Mr Meredith, who has previously walked and cycled 400 miles in aid of the Mullany Fund, said: "It has been the toughest thing I have ever done.

"It was wind and rain all the way down and there were times that you thought 'I don't know if we can do this'.

"But the boys were fantastic and our back-up driver John Leak was a godsend. We couldn't have made it without him."

The Mullany Fund was established in the wake of the killings and provides financial assistance to those studying medicine as well as physiotherapy.

As well as winning the backing of the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and cricket legend Sir Viv Richards, people across the Swansea Valley have helped with fundraising.

"So many people have been amazingly kind, some of which who never even knew Ben or Cath," said Mr Meredith.

"Everyone in my family can't thank people enough with our quest to make sure Ben and Cath's name lives on.

"The charity has kept us going in many respects and it is important that something good comes out of such a terrible tragedy."

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