Monday, 20 September 2021

Mountain bike challenge raises £29,000 for PIP

A TOTAL of 112 people took part in a charity bike event on Saturday

A TOTAL of 112 people took part in a charity bike event on Saturday.

The PIP Mountain Bike Challenge, now in its fifth year, covers a 20-mile course through the Chilterns, starting and finishing at Lovibonds Brewery in Henley.

This year it raised £29,000 for Pursuing Independent Paths, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities. Each rider was asked to raise £350 for the charity and to pay £25 to enter.

The ride was organised by Bill Feeney, of Queen Street, Henley, who runs the London-based charity.

He said: “It’s a really, really good amount but we are expecting donations to keep coming in and hope to raise £40,000.

“All the money goes towards supporting adults with learning disabilities to enable them to live as independently as possible.”

The course was mostly off-road and passed through Lambridge Woods, Nettlebed, Maidensgrove and the Warburg Nature Reserve.

Afterwards the riders enjoyed food provided by Bosley Patch market garden, based at Swiss Farm, and drinks from the brewery. Music was provided by blues band The Tom Michell Trio.

Mr Feeney said: “It was a fantastic evening and all the proceeds from that go towards total.

“It was a very long but really, really fantastic day and we’re incredibly grateful to everyone for supporting us.”

Staff from Badgemore Primary School in Hop Gardens were among about 30 volunteers along the course. Mr Feeney is a governor at the school where his daughter Poppy, seven, is a pupil.

Kevin Jacob, chairman of governors, ran the course instead of cycling it and finished in two hours, 39 minutes.

Mr Jacob, of Simmons Road, Henley, said: “I ran it the previous year and I was mad enough to do it again.

“It was a great run and there was a great reception when we got back. Obviously, running it is a lot harder than cycling!”

Mr Feeney said: “Kevin is more of a runner then a biker and said it would be easy. This was the second time he had done it but it’s still a great challenge.”

The primary school ran a partner event on Friday where pupils used their bikes and scooters to do laps of the playground and between them they completed 20 miles, raising about £500.

Headteacher Jacky Steele said: “Everybody at the school takes part in some way. The mountain bike challenge is a fantastic event.”

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