Congratulations to our fantastic riders who took part in a mammoth charity bike ride yesterday.
Gillian Hodgson and Karl Wilson both successfully completed the 60km route, whilst John Hunter braved the 100km on the #RideforLancashireWomen.
The longer route took in the hills around Burnley, out into the Ribble Valley through Rishton, Samlesbury, on to Preston and part of the Guild Wheel, out as far as Treales before heading back through Preston, Longridge, Ribchester, Whalley and a killer hill over the old Roman Road at Sabden before descending back into Burnley.
A samba band and carnival atmosphere was waiting to greet riders back at Lowerhouse Cricket Club!
A great day
John said: “For me, it was a great day. From a personal perspective, it’s the longest bike rider I’ve ever done – a total of 106.35 km in about 5 hours, 8 mins with a total ascent of 1130m and total decent of 1134m!
“The weather held off and I made it back, dry, having taken in lots of great scenery. There may have been points in the last few kilometres where I was cursing the cruel organiser who had planned the steepest and highest climb of the route but all was forgiven with the warm welcome I received on my return and of course remembering the great cause of Lancashire Women charity – plus I had a well earned pizza when I got back!”
Grand amount raised
Marsden Rawsthorn’s team has so far raised £1,020 with cash still coming in.
It’s not too late to donate if you’d like to boost our target which is going to Lancashire Women’s Centres : https://www.justgiving.com/
The fabulous charity supports over 8,600 individuals each year across the county, be offering a safe space for women to seek support, and access a wide range of free services, including mental health and wellbeing, employment support, money, debt and energy advice, and more.
Well done and thank you
A big shout out also to the marshals on the route. For some it was a long day waiting for someone to pass them but they were enthusiastic and a great motivation when riders went by.