Cy­clists sad­dle up to boost hos­pice

350-mile Isle chal­lenge

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A TEAM of about 20 cy­clists will take on a 350-mile marathon to raise cash for a hos­pice.

Team FORGE (Friends of Ren­nie Grove En­thu­si­asts) will tackle the inau­gu­ral Isle of Wight Cy­cle Chal­lenge from to­day (Thurs­day) to Sun­day in a bid to raise £30,000 to mark Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care’s 30th an­niver­sary.

Cap­tained by for­mer FIFA ref­eree and Ren­nie Grove pa­tron Graham Poll, the team com­prises se­nior busi­ness peo­ple from Bucks and Herts with var­ied cy­cling ex­pe­ri­ence.

Owen Hughes, from Naphill, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing con­sul­tancy Eyes Wide Open, said: “The rea­son I’m do­ing it is sim­ple. A dear friend of mine was sup­ported by the Ren­nie team, and in the last 12 months of his life both he and his fam­ily had amaz­ing sup­port, so this is in his mem­ory and to en­sure that the char­ity can keep sup­port­ing peo­ple and fam­i­lies like his.”

Chris

Ban­tock,

from Great King­shill, has a sim­i­lar mo­ti­va­tion for tak­ing on the chal­lenge. He said: “Hav­ing been close to fam­ily mem­bers who suf­fered with can­cer and other friends that I know fight­ing the dis­ease, I de­cided it was time to sup­port such a wor­thy cause as Ren­nie Grove.

“Hav­ing reached a cer­tain age (it be­gins with 5), I de­cided last year it was time to get back to do­ing some con­certed ex­er­cise to keep fit. I de­cided to give cy­cling a go. I bought a road bike and that was it – I was hooked!

“When I heard about the Isle of Wight Cy­cle Chal­lenge I didn’t hes­i­tate to sign up. Three hun­dred and fifty miles in four days is go­ing to be a huge chal­lenge for me and one I’m ex­pect­ing to be full of highs and lows – and I’m not just talk­ing about the hills!”

Team FORGE will be cy­cling be­tween 75 and 100 miles each day for the du­ra­tion of the four-day chal­lenge.

To spon­sor the team visit www.just­giv­ing.com/ forge­cy­cle or fol­low their ups and downs at www. face­book.com/ FORGE­cy­cle and @ ren­niegrovecorp.

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