15 January 2016

Chilterns Cycle Challenge

CCC spotty helmetRennie Grove Hospice Care is encouraging people of all abilities to strap on their cycle helmets and join the charity for its annual sponsored cycle ride through the beautiful scenery of the Chiltern Hills.   The popular Chilterns Cycle Challenge offers participants a choice of 10k, 35 mile or 75 mile routes in order to find their perfect pedalling challenge, with all routes to start and finish in Aylesbury town centre.

Online registration is now open and the event promises to be a fabulous day for novice and experienced cyclists of all ages. Families are warmly welcomed and there is a special Family Entry offer of £47 for a family of four for the 10k route only. The 10k ride is perfect for a family wanting to enjoy a day out with young children, as it makes use of the Gemstone cycle ways around Aylesbury, going through Watermead and Fairford Leys.

Last year, more than 500 people pedalled through the Chiltern Hills and around the cycle paths, together raising over £30,000 in sponsorship. It is hoped that the 2016 challenge will raise even more to help care for the increasing number of local people with cancer or other life-limiting illness who need Rennie Grove’s services.

All routes start and finish in Aylesbury town centre, and entry fees will depend on the distance you choose to take on. Adult (aged 18+) entry for the 10k route is £17, for the 35 mile route it’s £20, and if you’re up for the ultimate challenge it’s £30 (if raising sponsorship) to cycle the 75 mile route (£45 if not raising sponsorship). Child entry (aged 5-17 incl) is £10 for the 10k route and children under five can enter free of charge.

Gillian Barnett, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Rennie Grove Hospice Care said: “The Chilterns Cycle Challenge is a well-loved event. Much of its popularity is down to the fact that there’s a choice of three fantastic routes, so there’s something to suit everyone.”

The entry fee for the Chilterns Cycle Challenge includes a medal on completion and water along the route.  In addition, there are feed stations on the 35 mile and 75 mile options and all routes are well signed with plenty of marshals to encourage you along the way.  It is your sponsorship money that makes a difference to local patients and families, so all participants are asked to raise as much as possible to support the care provided by the charity.

Gillian Barnett added: “There are many different ways to raise sponsorship - from a coffee morning to a car boot sale.  Every penny you raise helps us give local patients with cancer or another life-limiting illness the choice to be cared for at home, surrounded by their friends and family.  It’s great fun to take part in the Chilterns Cycle Challenge and we’d love to see even more team entries with groups of friends, family members and work colleagues joining in the fun.

“We’re so grateful for the support we receive year-on-year for this event, and look forward to seeing you there!”

For more information on the Chilterns Cycle Challenge or to register, please visit: www.renniegrove.org/chilternscycle