Cyclists put the pedal to the metal to raise funds in Jennings Rivers Ride
Last updated at 12:31, Friday, 21 September 2012
Around 1,000 families, friends and cycling enthusiasts battled against heavy rain to take part in the annual Jennings Rivers Ride on Sunday.
Cyclists took to the roads from Keswick to complete one of three courses to raise money for Cumbria Community Foundation.
Some completed an 11-mile family ride around Derwentwater, while others completed a 40-mile course to Cockermouth and back via Lorton, with a climb over Whinlatter Pass.
Meanwhile, the hardiest riders tackled an 85-mile big day out ride to the Irish Sea at Workington and back via the mountain passes at Whinlatter, Newlands and Honister.
The event, which the foundation hopes will raise up to £30,000, started and finished at Fitz Park in Keswick.
Stuart Gaskell, 38, of Great Broughton, who took part with son Matthew, eight, said: “I thought the bad weather would have put Matthew off but he seems to be enjoying it.”
Amy Howells, 11, of The Arches, Maryport, who took part in the family ride with grandfather Ian Howells, 55, of Lancashire, said: “My mum Nicola has helped to organise the event so we’re doing this to support all the hard work she has done and because we both really enjoy cycling.”
Other riders who took part included Gary McKeating, head of socio economics for Nuclear Management Partners, ITV Border presenter Tim Backshall and groups from two of the event’s sponsors, Cumberland Building Society and Armstrong Watson.
Temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde, who was due to ride, did not take part.
New to the event this year was a secure bike park and a free cup of tea, cake or a pint for everyone who took part. There was also a family fun day in the park.
Andy Beeforth, director of Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “We had 700 people take part in the race last year so to have 1,000 this year despite the weather is fantastic.
“We have around 100 volunteers here today helping out and we really couldn’t do this without their help.”
First published at 11:50, Friday, 21 September 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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