Cy­clists breeze over fin­ish line in Chilterns Chal­lenge

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The ly­cra-clad cy­cling fans were de­ter­mined not to be put off by the blus­tery day on Sun­day (March 19) as the chal­lengers came to­gether to raise money for Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care.

Start­ing and fin­ish­ing in Ayles­bury, the event was held to sup­port the nurs­ing ser­vices the char­ity pro­vides for pa­tients in Bucks and Herts.

Two dif­fer­ent routes saw rid­ers cy­cle from the cen­tre of Ayles­bury out to Kim­ble, Long­wick and as far as Bled­low Ridge, then re­turn­ing to Kings­bury Square through Holmer Green, the Chal­fonts, the Ham­p­dens and But­lers Cross, cov­er­ing ei­ther 35 or 75 miles.

Andy Colsell, from Lacey Green, cy­cled in mem- ory of close fam­ily friend Den­nis Clay­don, who was cared for by Ren­nie Grove.

He said: “I’ve got a photo of Den­nis on my back today so I can re­mem­ber him when I’m out there.”

Af­ter Den­nis passed away, Andy wanted to raise some money for the char­ity, adding: “I grew up with Den­nis. We were very close and I wanted to do some­thing where I could raise some money for the cause and re­mem­ber him at the same time.”

Gil­lian Bar­nett, di­rec­tor of fundraising and mar­ket­ing, said: “We hope to raise £30,000 from this event, which is well on the way to fund­ing one of our spe­cial­ist hospice at home nurses for a year.

“We are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to every­one who turned out today, de­spite the wind, to raise money for us and equally to every­one else who made the day pos­si­ble in­clud­ing staff, vol­un­teers and spon­sors.”

Visit­niegrove. org for more in­for­ma­tion.

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