Heart of England Bike Ride was sunny success raising over £9k - The Solihull Observer

Heart of England Bike Ride was sunny success raising over £9k

Solihull Editorial 13th Jul, 2018 Updated: 13th Jul, 2018   0

AROUND 500 cyclists took on searing heat in the Heart of England Bike Ride last weekend.

Organiser Paul Wheatley said 335 riders registered in advance and another 172 signed up on the day despite 30 degree temperatures.

The charity cycle was a huge success, raising over £9,000 which surprised even the most optimistic Knowle and Dorridge Lion.

The Lions – a fundraising and charitable organisation – set-up the event and provided food and refreshments at the historic Packwood House and gardens.

Organisers claim more than half the riders opted for the shorter 18 and 12 mile rides which could have been an indication of the challenging heat.

Mr Wheatley said: “With entry fees and donations totalling approaching £9,000 we have done better than we possibly hoped for.

“Our new 50 mile sportive route from Packwood House through Warwickshire through villages as far apart as Coughton, Great Alne, Snitterfield, Hatton and Wroxall proved particularly popular.

“Now we wait to see how much sponsorship has been raised by our riders for Headway, Breast Cancer Haven and local causes.”

The Lions offered four refreshment stations providing water to the three routes.

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