23rd Oct, 2016

Tommy Godwin Challenge returns to boost Marie Curie funds

Chris Willmott 20th Jul, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

GET out on your bike and ‘Pay for a Day’ at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

That is the message from the organisers of the annual Tommy Godwin Challenge which returns for its third outing on September 27 – and this year with the hope of raising a whopping £7,300 to Pay for a Day at the hospice where the 1948 Olympic cycling medallist spent the final days of his life.

Set up in 2013 to honour the 1948 Olympic medallist Tommy Godwin, the event is supported by

With two routes, both of which showcase the fantastic network of country lanes in the local Warwickshire and Worcestershire countryside, the Tommy Godwin Challenge is ideal for both experienced cyclists and families and is being supported by Red Kite Cycles, with medals sponsored by Below the Belt Grooming and sports therapy services from Claire Andrews.

The 100km sportive has a refreshment stop at Great Alne Village hall and timing and there are a couple of fords en-route for the more adventurous and with alternatives for those who are less so.

“With only a couple of climbs, it’s the ideal end of season event both for the experienced rider and those looking for their first sportive after a summer of cycling,” said event organiser Sarah Adams.

“The 30km Family Ride is ideal for families and the less experienced cyclists, sharing the first few miles of the sportive route and returning through the parks of Solihull.”

The event is based at the hospice where there are toilets and a café for those all-important post-event refreshments and free sports therapy services.

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.”

For more information on the event, including a video of last year’s event and Tommy see


You can enter via the website or the British Cycling website at: www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/122644/Tommy-Godwin-Challenge