Dash­ing or bash­ing . . . choice is yours with Bike Fest

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

FANCY the Grimshaw Gru­eller or the Bolly Bash? Or is Twenty is Plenty your thing?

The names are the three routes in the Bolling­ton Bike Fest on Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 3.

Cy­cling en­thu­si­asts of all abil­i­ties are being urged to sign up for the char­ity event, which is in its sixth year.

Or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing more than 300 rid­ers will take part, rais­ing funds for East Cheshire Hospice and other lo­cal causes.

The Gru­eller is a tough 68-mile chal­lenge with more than 7,000 feet of climb­ing across Cheshire, Stafford­shire and Der­byshire. The flat­ter 46-mile Bolly Bash has a few short sec­tions of climbs around Rud­yard but is a gen­tler ride.

Twenty is Plenty is more of a fun 20k (12-mile) along the Mid­dle­wood Way giv­ing be­gin­ners and fam­i­lies a sense of the oc­ca­sion of the event, shar­ing the Grimshaw Lane, Bolling­ton, start/ fin­ish with the road races. All rides have a food sta­tion with bar­be­cue and drink at the fin­ish.

The event is or­gan­ised by Mac­cles­field and District Lions, Cheshire Border Girl Guid­ing and Bolling­ton town coun­cil.

Co-or­di­na­tor Ge­orge Cann, of the Lions, said: “It’s a great day out and the cour­ses are de­signed to suit cy­clists of all stan­dards. It’s ex­tremely well or­gan­ised and the routes are spec­tac­u­lar.”

The Fest has raised more than £5,000 for the hospice and part of this year’s pro­ceeds will be used to buy a de­fib­ril­la­tor for out­side Bolling­ton Town Hall.

Be­tween £15-20k an­nu­ally is do­nated to good causes over­all by the Lions Club. Main spon­sors are Co-op Food, Bolling­ton, with sup­port from Roller Ban­ners, Adel­phi Mill Prop­er­ties, Bolling­ton Brew­ery and Rud­yard Lake Ho­tel.

Ad­vance en­try is £20 Gru­eller and Bash (£25 on the day); £8 (£10) Twenty.

To en­ter and down­load a hospice en­try form go to bolling­ton­bike­fest.com. An Early Bird dis­count of 25 per cent ap­plies for book­ings be­fore Au­gust 7.

MAC­CLES­FIELD and District Lions meet twice monthly and are look­ing for new mem­bers aged over 18, to help de­velop and con­tinue their char­i­ta­ble work. They are part of an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion and their area is Mac­cles­field and sur­rounds in­clud­ing Rainow, Gawsworth and Poyn­ton.

There’s a choice of routes at Bolling­ton Bike Fest, which is rais­ing money for East Cheshire Hospice

The Gru­eller is a tough 68-mile course, with the Bolly Bash at 46 miles

Cy­clists of all abil­i­ties are invited to join in

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