Cycle 4 Cynthia, one of the county’s biggest fund-raising events, will move to a new home at Lamport Hall in 2014.
The charity cycle ride will move across the county from Althorp, after the 2013 staging of the event at Earl Spencer’s estate raised an impressive £51,917.
The event has raised more than £250,000 over the last 10 years, and last year it attracted a host of famous names, including DJ Jo Whiley, former cricketer Allan Lamb, Saints boss Jim Mallinder, and skipper Dylan Hartley. It supports the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice, and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The launch of the 2014 event, and the prize-giving ceremony for 2013, took place at Northampton Saints’ Franklins’ Gardens on Wednesday, with Saints stars Christian Day and Sam Dickinson handing out the awards.
The biggest team award went to Briggs and Forrester; most sponsorship raised went to Damian Tyrrel; best fancy dress went to Steven Saunders, and the chairman’s prize went to Suzzi Jwanczuk, who completed the five-mile route in her wheelchair.
Community fund-raiser Sue Bownass said: “Ten years ago it was just an idea, with 100 cyclists. We now have in excess of 1,100, and it is one of the biggest charity events in the county.
“We know that Lamport Hall will look after us as well as Althorp did.”
Former Cobblers captain Ray Warburton took part in 2013, when he raised £1,700. He is hoping to top £2,000 this year.
He said: “I cycle every weekend with a friend to try and keep fit, and sadly he lost his wife last year.
“We trained all summer to do it, and I couldn’t think of a better charity to get involved with.
“I spent the best part of two months getting ready for it, and thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Susan Napoleon, fund-raising manager for Macmillan Northamptonshire, said the money raised for the charity would be spent on information pods at Northampton General Hospital, and a lung cancer pathway scheme in GP surgeries.
There will also be another change to the format in 2014.
For so long involved in the organisation of the event, Sue Bownass and Anna Murby will this year be taking to their bikes for the first time.
Sue challenged Anna to take part in the five-mile ride, and has wagered her that she will raise the most money.
The 2014 event takes place on Sunday, September 21, over five, 25 and 50-mile courses. For information about entering, visit the Cycle 4 Cynthia website.