CYCLING: Phil Cooke Challenge

Cyclists are invited to get into shape after the festivities and join the Phil Cooke Challenge on Sunday, February 19.

Now in its ninth year, the event is in memory of the popular local cycling champion, with proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Entrants can choose from two distances, 100km (63 miles) or 60km (36 miles), starting at Dunchurch Village Hall.

There is also an alternative start and finish for the 100km near Towcester.

The course takes in a scenic route around the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire countryside.

Parking, changing facilities and refreshments will be provided, along with the route sheet and certificate for all finishers.

Enter online at or contact Martin Hackley on (01788) 810212 for further details or a copy of the entry form

Entry is £8 in advance or £12 after February 1 and on the day.

A maximum of 500 cyclists can take part.