Jennings Rivers Ride success raises thousands for charities
Last updated at 21:06, Thursday, 22 September 2011
The first Jennings Rivers Ride has been hailed as a success by organisers, with entry numbers exceeding expectations.
The bike ride, which started and finished in Keswick’s Fitz Park, followed the path of the 2009 floods, including several reopened river crossings, and was organised by Cumbria Community Foundation to raise money for local charities.
Seasoned cyclists completed an 85-mile route that took in the gruelling Whinlatter and Honister passes.
There was also a 40-mile circuit and an eight-mile family bike ride.
Andy Beeforth, director of the Dovenby-based foundation, said: “The initial target was 500 entrants and for a new cycling event that was a lot to ask for.
“But in the end we had 750 bookings and I have been bowled over with the response. In terms of numbers it’s been fantastic.”
A spirit of fun and camaraderie prevailed on the day with cyclists returning to applause and the smell of a well-earned hog roast.
Meanwhile, families and spectators enjoyed a fun day with bouncy castles, a craft fair, and belly dancers.
Deb Muscat, grants development officer for the foundation, finished the middle distance event only to fall at the last hurdle when she struck a pothole outside the gates to Fitz Park.
She said: “We have had many more cyclists than we expected and the weather has been fantastic.
“Everyone seems to be having a great time.”
Helen Hope, 34, of High Brigham, was greeted at the finishing line by husband Chris and two children.
Both of her children were too young to take part in the event but took along their bikes anyway.
Mrs Hope said: “I have really enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to get there but it was tough at Whinlatter.”
Paul Reid, 62, and Barry Armstrong, 57, who work together at Wigton-based Innovia, completed the middle distance event.
Mr Armstrong, 37, of Dale View, Cockermouth, said: “The whole day was thoroughly enjoyable.
“There was a real sense of camaraderie between the cyclists.”
Mr Beeforth thanked the 100 volunteers who helped out.
He said he did not yet know exactly how much money had been raised but added that it would be into the thousands.
The event was supported by the Times & Star.
First published at 19:25, Thursday, 22 September 2011
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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I did the medium ride last weekend it was a tough ride but great fun, i would like to say a big thankyou to all who organised it course marshals and manned the feed station hope its on again next year can't wait!!!