Cycle Challenge Organiser Hope British Olympic Success Will Crank Up Interest
|Author: Michael McCann||Published: 3rd August 2012 14:06|
The organiser of a charity bike ride being held in Warwickshire hopes the success of British cyclists in the Olympics will inspire people to get on their bikes and raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care
The Two Counties Challenge Ride being held on Sunday 9th September is organised by Martin Hackley from Dunchurch. “The Two Counties Challenge Ride is brilliant because it offers something for people of all abilities. It’s been wonderful watching GB cyclists winning the medals in the Olympics. But, you don’t have to be fast as Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton and what’s more important is that people get on their bikes, have great fun and raise money for such a wonderful cause” said Mr Hackley.
Last years event raised over £3,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and this year he aims to raise even more. “We have a headquarters and new start location in Dunchurch, (CIA Insurance Services Ltd in Ashlawn Road) which means we have improved car parking and can accommodate even more participants. We have also added a new distance of 25k to attract people who are perhaps less experienced at cycling or perhaps feel the longer rides of 50k and 100k are too much of a challenge” said Martin.
“All of the routes are circular and the 50k and 100k routes are particularly challenging as they use undulating country lanes of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. There is also a 100k ride starting from Towcester on the same day, but no matter where you finish refreshments will be available” added Mr Hackley.
Two Marie Curie care staff were first to register and will show their support for the charity when they ditch their uniforms to don the lycra. The adventurous ladies Dina Hunt, a health care assistant and Jackie Brooks an occupational therapy technician both work at the Marie Curie hospice in Solihull have registered for the Two Counties Challenge Ride and are calling upon others to join them.
Dina and Jackie have participated in many challenge events, such as cycling across the Canadian Rockies, Solihull to Paris and Lands End to John O’Groats as well as numerous treks raising thousand of pounds for the charity. “We have had some wonderful experiences, but at the end of the day it’s about raising funds to enable Marie Curie nurses to provide end of life care for people with cancer and other illnesses. Every £20 we raise provides one hour of Marie Curie nursing care and that’s our motivation” added Jackie.
The Towcester start is at Jacks Cafe on the A5 and is the 100k route, a route sheet is provided togegther with a certificate for all finishers.
People wishing to enter can register at www.challengingtimes.org.uk