An offshoot of this growth in popularity is the sponsored cycle ride, a fairly easy to arrange activity that just needs two wheels an some pedal power. Every weekend sees riders throughout the country raising funds for various good causes. Some are individually arranged while others are organised by the charities themselves.
This summer there are a number of local Whitchurch people who will be hopping on their bikes to raise much needed cash.
The Whitchurch Girls – Harriet, Jess and Cathryn
LONDON to BRIGHTON
On Sunday 16th June is the much celebrated London to Brighton, claimed to be the largest charity ride in Europe with around 30,000 rider.
Three Whitchurch ladies are taking part – The Whitchurch Girls raising funds for the British Heart Foundation. Harriet Titcomb with Jess Baird and Cathryn Taylor have been out enjoying the local countryside ‘getting in the miles’ before they tackle the 54 mile route, which finishes with the leg stretching, lung bursting, Ditchling Beacon, before an exhilarating whoosh down to the sea.
To sponsor visit: THE WHITCHURCH GIRLS
A Dad, his Son, and a Tag-along – Rob and Finn
WHITCHURCH to WHITCHURCH
The following weekend sees another charity challenge when Rob Ronan sets off from Whitchurch on Sunday 23rd June to cycle to another Whitchurch – Whitchurch-on-Thames. Rob will be accompanied by his 6-year old son Finn who will be riding the 25 miles on a tag-along trailer bike attachment behind his Dad – no freewheeling allowed. Rob and Finn are raising funds for the Alzheimers Society and have also been out and about practising.
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An End to End – Les
LAND’S END to JOHN o’ GROATS
Finally in August, Les Jordan is tackling the grand-daddy ride of them all, the LEJOG, or the Land’s End to John o’Groats. This ride is truly part of the UK’s heritage and all who complete it experience a wonderful sense of achievement, Not only will they have covered the near 1000 miles, but they will have also followed in the wheels of many before, all becoming part of a special group of riders.
Les sets off from Land’s End on Saturday 24th August and is planning to take around 12 days, while raising funds for Andover charity Breathtakers OB Trust the only UK registered charity ‘specifically’ supporting Obliterative Bronchiolitis.
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