Monday, 24 September 2018

Mountain bikers raise £18,000 with 19-mile challenge

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

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

The PIP Cycle Challenge started and finished at Lovibonds brewery in 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.”

All riders were asked to raise a minimum of £250 before the ride, which passed through Nettlebed, Maidensgrove and the Warburg Nature Reserve. After the event, 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 as well as music from blues band the Tom Michell Trio.

Marc Lovett, of Swiss Farm, completed the event with his 12-year-old son William in about three hours.

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