Monday, 20 September 2021

Weather holds for ninth Ride for Ryder

NINETY-SIX people took part in this year?s ninth annual Ride for Ryder charity event

NINETY-SIX people took part in this year?s ninth annual Ride for Ryder charity event.

They raised money for the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed by cycling either 60, 25 or 10 miles around the Chilterns.

The 60-mile group set off from the hospice at 8am on Sunday, followed two hours later by those on the shorter routes.

The riders on the 10-mile route went to Checkendon before returning via Nuffield while those on the 25-mile route went as far as Stokenchurch.

The 60-mile route followed the 10-mile course then went to High Wycombe before returning via Hambleden.

Many on the longest ride got lost because a sign in Stoke Row marking the route had been torn down.

The riders were chip-timed and when they crossed the finish line back at Nettlebed, they were given medals and refreshments.

Ian Hatt, of Kennylands Road, Sonning Common, and Steve Crowley, of Balmore Drive, Caversham, were first to complete the 60-mile challenge.

The 50-year-olds finished in just under four hours despite getting lost and cycling an additional 10 miles. They have raised £932.50 so far.

Mr Hatt, a member of the GS Henley cycling club, said: ?It was absolutely glorious. The route was lovely and conditions were perfect, although Kingston Hill is always a challenge. I?d thoroughly recommend it to anyone, especially as it?s for such a fantastic cause.?

Naomi Martin and Mark Burton, of Westleigh Drive, Sonning Common, rode 25 miles together and raised £750.

Hospice director Stewart Marks also rode 25 miles with his friend Stephanie Cook, from Thame. He said: ?I did it on a mountain bike so that was pretty tough but it was a great opportunity to enjoy the South Oxfordshire countryside.?

Jurrie Koning, Rebecca Angus and David Morris, from Caversham, rode 25 miles with friends Alun Jones and Jonathan Gardner.

Mr Koning, of Kildare Gardens, said: ?It was a bit cold to begin with but it warmed up later on. It was fun and we really enjoyed it.?

The event was originally due to take place in May but was postponed due to a lack of participants. Riders had to raise at least £100 each and pay a registration fee.

Organiser Vikki Miles said: ?Considering that we struggled to sign people up in the spring, we?re pleased with the turnout.

?Everyone seems to have really enjoyed themselves and we were very lucky with the weather.?

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