Cyclists all geared up for tough annual challenge


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

CYCLISTS from across the region are queuing up to take part in the fifth Hope House Children’s Hospices annual Cycle Challenge.

The event is taking place on Sunday, August 17 and the hilly routes will challenge cyclists to ride either 56 miles from Hope House to Lake Vyrnwy and back or 72 miles from Hope House to Lake Bala and Lake Vyrnwy and back.  

To mark the fifth anniversary of the event a 100-mile route has been added for experienced riders only as it is unmarshalled and a tough climb to 8,000ft above sea level.

The event is organised annually by Hope House carer, Linda Duncan and medical officer, Santi Eslava, both themselves keen cyclists.

Last year saw over 200 cyclists taking part and enjoying a fabulous day out in spectacular scenery while raising over £13,000 to help the hospice provide its vital services to terminally ill local children and their families.

“Each year we see the event grow and everyone has such and enjoyable time,” said Linda. 

“This year we would dearly love to have over 200 people take part again and to match the monies raised last year.”

The entry fee is £25 which includes an array of free energy-giving snacks at a special ‘feeding station’ set up at the half way point, and a huge ‘recovery tea’ of delicious home-made cakes at the finish. 

Cyclists can also raise additional sponsorship. 

To get involved call the Hope House Fundraising Office on 01691 671671 or sign up online at  Online sign up closes on Monday, August 11 after this date you can register on the day from 8am.

Participants must be over the age of 16.

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