The Gran Fondo Cymru
The Gran Fondo Cymru was organised by Jonnie Woodall with the help of volunteers and family, from 2006 to 2008. The event quickly became one of the most popular noncommercial U. K. Sportives, through a combination of Jonnie's drive and vision, the enthusiasm of participants and helpers - and a great course around Bala in Snowdonia, North Wales.

Jonnie Woodall

R.i.P. Jonnie - You will be sadly missed


BBC News Story

Tribute from, Jonnie's Cycling Club

Any updates will be posted on this site

Jonnie was tragically killed before the 2009 event and the event funds were placed in probate until an inquest was completed in October.
Most of those who met Jonnie through riding or helping with the GFC will remember his enthusiasm for cycling - but this was just a small part of his amazing life in sport that included sailing, being a record holder on the Cresta Run, President of the Bob Skeleton Association and so much more.
Looking to the Future - a message from Guy Watson, webmaster for

Since Jonnie died, I've been in a difficult position trying to do what I could Jonnie Woodall's family deal with what has happened to the GFC in the aftermath of his fatal accident. Like other's in, my involvement was as a volunteer, helping a friend realise his great idea for the GFC, (I paid to enter the 2009 event as it was going to be my first attempt at getting all the way around the course.)

As well as assisting on the day of the event, I also volunteered to be his webmaster for, so up to now, I have been the one who has acted as a point of contact for this event, while Jonnie's family have had to deal with the aftermath of his death.

I have passed on all of your messages of sympathy and that many of the 2009 entrants wished their entry fees to go to Jonnie's nominated charities. Also I passed on to her that some had enquired about if refunds were available.

SUNDAY 07 / 03 / 2010 UPDATE:

I have today received a telephone call from Patricia Woodall and she has informed me that she still does not have access to any of Jonnie's event funds and that everything is still in the hands of the Probate Solicitors.

Patricia has again stressed that any monies left from the event will be donated to charity.

I will update this site when I hear of any further news.

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