THE RED Kite Belles women’s cycling group have helped launch the 2016 Tommy Godwin Challenge which returns for its fourth year on September 25.
The event was set up in 2013 to honour Knowle’s 1948 Olympic cycling medallist Tommy Godwin and raises vital cash for the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull where Tommy spent the final days of his life.
Last year’s event exceeded its target of paying to run the hospice or a day by more than half, so this year’s fundraising mission is to raise over £14,000 to pay for two days’ running of the Marsh Lane hospice.
The fundraising was kick started by Primal Europe, the suppliers of the Belles tops, which donated 15 per cent of the purchase price to Marie Curie.
The cycle event itself offers riders two routes – a 30km and a 100km – which showcase the fantastic network of country lanes in the local Warwickshire and Worcestershire countryside and are ideal for both experienced cyclists and families.
Kay Jones, Tommy’s daughter said: “Tommy was a great inspiration to many young cyclists.
“This event is a great way to recognise his achievements, continue the Olympic legacy and raise funds for the hospice which provided such wonderful care to him over his last few weeks.”
You can enter via the website www.tommygodwinchallenge.weebly.com where there is more information about the event and Tommy.