Go­ing all Wight for hospice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

TO help mark Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care’s 30 years of car­ing, the char­ity has or­gan­ised a Cy­cle Chal­lenge from St Al­bans to the Isle of Wight and back.

Cap­tained by Gra­ham Poll, for­mer FIFA ref­eree and a Pa­tron of Ren­nie Grove, the chal­lenge, which takes place be­tween Septem­ber 17 and 20, 2015, will com­prise of a four-day ride from St Al­bans/Tring to the south coast and back again.

The route will take rid­ers through Southamp­ton, the Isle of Wight and New­bury.

Gra­ham, who lives in Tring, says: “I took up cy­cling a few years ago as I can’t run any more due to a bad back. Last year I cy­cled Land’s End to John O’Groats and re­ally en­joyed it.

“This chal­lenge raised lots of money so I thought it would be a good idea to do some­thing else this year.

“The route is around 300 miles so is com­fort­ably doable in four days and should also be fun.

“When I stopped pro­fes­sional ref­er­ee­ing I knew I wanted to sup­port a lo­cal char­ity and Ren­nie Grove does amaz­ing work lo­cally, so it was an ob­vi­ous choice.

“I think ev­ery­one in the lo­cal area knows some­one who has been touched by the char­ity and that we should all do some­thing to sup­port it.”

Gra­ham will be joined on the chal­lenge by Ren­nie Grove’s cor­po­rate fundrais­ing manager Colin Ivey, who said: “Cy­clists can join as in­di­vid­u­als or en­ter a team, com­plete the whole course or treat it as a re­lay, un­der­tak­ing a day each.

“The aim is for the team to fundraise £30,000 in recog­ni­tion of 30 years of car­ing. This should be a re­ally fun chal­lenge that I am look­ing for­ward to tak­ing part in.” The route plan: Septem­ber 17 – St Al­bans/Tring to Isle of Wight Septem­ber 18 – Isle of Wight Cir­cuit Septem­ber 19 – Isle of Wight to Swin­don area via New­bury Septem­ber 20 – Swin­don area to St Al­bans Ren­nie Grove is ask­ing all en­trants to pay their own costs of the trip; ad­di­tion­ally, ev­ery rider should be tar­get­ing a min­i­mum spon­sor­ship of £1,500 each.

The cost of the chal­lenge will be £325 for the full four days in­clud­ing three nights ac­com­mo­da­tion, all food, tech­ni­cal sup­port, ferry cross­ings and cel­e­bra­tory re­cep­tion on re­turn.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to sign up email Colin Ivey at colin.ivey@ren­niegrove.org or call 01442 890 222.

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