NEVER mind the weather, two Bideford men defied the rain to complete a 45-mile charity bike ride along the Tarka Trail and hope to have raised £500 for Cancer Research. Artist Luke Whitmore, 30, was joined by his friend Billy Oliver, also 30, who now lives in Bristol. The pair teamed up to ride from Bideford to Meeth and back, on to Fremington and back again to Bideford. They had intended to take part in the Bristol Run charity bike ride, but when the weather and an accident caused this to be cancelled, Billy agreed to come back to Bideford for an event of their own. They were determined to complete their ride and to raise funds for the charity as his mother and an uncle had both suffered with cancer, said Luke.