Saturday, 21 October 2017

88 took part in a mountain bike fund-raising event

The PIP Cycle Challenge raises about £18,000

A TOTAL of 88 took part in a mountain bike fund-raising event.

The PIP Cycle Challenge started and finished at Lovibonds Brewery in Market Place, Henley, and followed a 19-mile route through the Chiltern Hills.

About £18,000 was raised for Pursuing Independent Paths, a charity which supports adults with learning disabilities.

Saturday?s event was organised by Bill Feeney, of Queen Street, Henley, who runs the charity. He said: ?The event is in its fourth year now and it?s our biggest fund-raiser each year. We love the fact that it combines health and wellbeing.

?This year we had teams from the Henley Hares, a couple of corporate teams, a team from Newcastle and lots of local people as well. There was a real community feel to it.

?The feedback we?ve had has been fantastic - people enjoy riding through the Chilterns and seeing the scenery.?

All riders were asked to raise a minimum of £250 before they took part in the ride, which passed through Nettlebed, Maidensgrove and the Warburg Nature Reserve.

After the ride, the cyclists returned to the brewery for food provided by Bosley Patch market garden at Swiss Farm and Gabriel Machin butcher?s in Market Place and music from blues band the Tom Mitchell Trio. Marc Lovett, of Swiss Farm, completed the event with his 12-year-old son William in about three hours. He said: ?I would say the ride was challenging and taxing but also rewarding. My son did really well and finished about 25th.

?Anyone doing it for the first time would have slept well afterwards.?

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