Disappointing fundraiser ride ‘was a good trial run’
A revamped Hospi Charity Bike Ride attracted plenty of families but a disappointing number of paying riders, organiser Eddie Bright says.
Eighty people took part in five different events round a city road circuit on March 10.
That compares to the 250 riders who competed last year in the ride’s original incarnation as a gruelling 50 kilometre course from Kenepuru to Wellington Hospital.
The event raised $5000 for Wellington Children’s Hospital, whereas in previous years it made $20,000.
The turnout for this year’s Porirua-centric ride was a letdown, Mr Bright says.
‘‘It’s disappointing when you put so much time and energy into it. Another 100 people would have been good.’’
The Hospi, which now caters for younger and less experienced riders, could still become an iconic Wellington event like the Round the Bays run, Mr Bright says. ‘‘I’m confident it will take off.’’ Those who did take part this year enjoyed fantastic weather and wellorganised category events, he says.
‘‘All the people who turned up had an amazing time.’’
Looking on the bright side, smaller numbers meant organisers could ensure the event was perfectly run, and prepare better for a big event next year, Mr Bright says. ‘‘It was a good trial run.’’ About 100 children took part in fun bike races at Kenepuru Hospital and enjoyed the bouncy castle, face painting and barbecue put on by Bunnings Warehouse, and all the goodies donated by Whittaker’s.
‘‘The kids just loved it – that might have been the bars of chocolate they were getting,’’ Mr Bright says.