Thaxted man set to cycle 100 miles in memory of close friend

PUBLISHED: 11:31 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:31 23 July 2018

Ed French. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Ed French. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


A man from Thaxted is planning to cycle 100 miles in six-and-a-half hours in memory of a friend who took his own life five years ago.

Ed French, 35, who works as an art printer, is taking part in a charity bike ride from London to Surrey to raise money for Mind and CALM, both mental health charities, in memory of his friend Phil Jones.

Ed said: “There is so much I can say about Phil but I wanted to share a few memories that made him such a great friend and person.

“His love for music took him down many roads. There was the time I worked with him on his Ibiza project Just Tasteless. We worked on a website, t-shirts, key rings, you name it, it had Just Tasteless written on it.

“What I loved about Phil is that he put passion and love into his DJ events and that he never gave up creating something very special for everyone.

“Around 2008, I had an art exhibition and on the launch night I texted Phil to say I was in London as I hadn’t seen him for ages. At the time he was doing events promotion for a club and was really busy but he used his break to come and meet me and see what I was up too. That was Phil all over.

“He cared and was interested in what his friends were up to.

“Phil was a legend and an inspiration to anyone who had a passion to see it through. Not only am I hoping that he will be looking down as I sweat it out cycling for 100 miles but maybe he might take a break from DJing to come and ride with me.”

Ed has been training twice a week, cycling about 50 miles each time, in preparation for the big day on Sunday, July 29, and he has thanked local business Go Homes, run by Ed Casson and Oliver Ingles, for their donation of £300.

Ed hopes to raise £500 for each of his chosen charities.

To donate to the ride, visit


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