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Over £200k Raised for Teenage Cancer Trust by The Big Bike Ride

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After five days, and hundreds of miles of cycling covered, The Big Bike Ride has now come to a triumphant end – with many cyclists drenched in pride at what was a momentous victory for the charity, and all those involved.

The Big Bike Ride, who support the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity Teenage Cancer Trust and Press Relief, proudly sponsored by DNA Insurance, have been encouraging cyclists from all over the country to get on their bike and go!

The mission

Helping to raise funds as well as gearing up community spirits across the UK – a two in one affair

Keen cyclists from all over the country took it upon themselves to set up charity pages via personal social media pages, cycling networks and charity forums.

From this, they hoped they would be able to pedal enough sponsors to raise money to help the deserving charity.

Most participating cyclists generated over £100 before the cycle had even started – increasing their motivation tenfold with the hope of living up to their backer’s expectations come race week.

With a grand target of £200,000, all of the cyclists who partook in the bike rides smashed this total: the current collective total stands at £205,000 … and the fundraising isn’t over.

As imagined, spirits have been high throughout all the bike rides, with cyclists throwing themselves into the fun side of things, whilst fully committing to the hard work.

Somerset Captain, Marcus Trescothick, and Academy Director, Jason Kerr, were some of the names to be a part of this great event.

The route

The duo set off from Durham and passed through Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Northampton; before arriving at the final destination in Lords

They cycled with another 67 strong team, covering 440 miles to be exact. The challenge was to ride for five days, where accommodation and food was provided to all of the cyclists, in order to make sure they were fit and well for the long journeys of each day.

As a reward for all partaking cyclists, a special dinner was laid out in Lord’s, on the final day of the cycle. A fitting prize for a selfless group of charitable (and exhausted) souls.


by David Hambridge