Riders’ efforts raise £2,200

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The organiser of a local charity bike ride is delighted with the support he has from cyclists from across the country and local businesses.

Cycling enthusiast, Martin Hackley, from Dunchurch, organises two charity cycle rides every year raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The most recent, The Two Counties Challenge Ride held on Sunday September 9, saw about 150 cyclists set off in glorious sunshine from CIA Insurance, Ashlawn Road, Rugby and Towcester, to tackle a variety of challenging routes and raise £2,189 for the charity.

“We were extremely well supported with the event and many people are deserving of thanks.

“Not only did we have people travelling from quite afar to participate but local businesses also donated raffle prizes, volunteers helped with registration, refreshments and car parking duties.

“But most of all my thanks go to Eliot Blundell, of CIA Insurance who stepped in at late notice to offer their facilities as an event headquarters” said Mr Hackley.

Cyclists were given the opportunity to ride circular routes of 25, 50 or 100 kilometres along beautiful country lanes and through villages in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

Volunteers from the newly formed “Rugby Marie Curie Cancer Care Fundraising Group” were on hand to offer much-needed refreshments to the weary cyclists at the event headquarters.

Mike McCann, community fundraiser for the charity commented “We are delighted that once again Martin has organised such a wonderful event.

“His bike rides are becoming well known across the cycling fraternity and it’s wonderful that his efforts and the people participating and volunteering will enable Marie Curie nurses to care for people with a terminal illness in their own homes.

“This fantastic donation will provide over 100 hours of care”.

“With a new home at the CIA Insurance Offices, Ashlawn Road Rugby, it’s hoped this event will grow in numbers, offering even more people to enjoy the local countryside and benefits of a healthy lifestyle that cycling can bring and of course raise funds for a very deserving cause” added Martin.

For details of future events and results of the event prize winners can be found on the event website challengingtimes.org.uk

n Martin Hackley finished fourth in the 60-plus category of the season long Percy Stallard National Road Race series after a good performance in the final round at Huntingdon last weekend.