Cyclists saddle up to boost hospice
350-mile Isle challenge
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.”
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.