Monday, 27 September 2021

Video: On Your Bike raises thousands

A RECORD 747 people took part in the seventh annual On Your Bike challenge.

A RECORD 747 people took part in the seventh annual On Your Bike challenge.

Click here to watch our video report of the event.

The cycle rides and treasure hunts, which took place on Sunday morning, raised almost £5,000.

The proceeds will be shared between Sonning Common Primary School and the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed. On Your Bike, which is sponsored by the Henley Standard, has now raised about £25,000 for charity since it was launched in 2007.

Participants set off on 5.5-mile, 12-mile or 20-mile rides while toddlers rode supervised circuits of the school playground.

There was also a treasure hunt called On Your Feet, which was introduced to the event last year. It offered routes of one mile or three.

More than 250 people who turned up registered on the day, despite the higher cost.

Penny Snowden, a member of the organising committee, said: ?Today has been absolutely marvellous ? it has exceeded all our expectations.

?It has been helped by the weather because you?re less likely to get people coming and registering on the day if it?s pouring with rain.?

?We?ve been overwhelmed ? I think we?ve run out of numbers and registration forms and that?s great news for us.

?This has become a fixture on the Sonning Common calendar, not just a school event. People who left the school long ago come back to cycle with us, while others are just keen cyclists or they love the countryside.

?We never thought it would take off to this extent and certainly didn?t think we?d be here seven years later and still growing year on year.?

A full story and pictures will be published in this week?s Henley Standard.

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