A total of 1,300 cyclists set a new record fundraising total for a Northampton hospice.
At the event, staged at Lamport Hall last September, took entry fees and sponsorships of almost £64,000 some £12,000 more than the previous year.
Ninety per cent of the money will go to Cynthia Spencer Hospice and the remainder to Kidsaid, the Northampton-based charity which provides support for children and young people who have suffered abuse, bereavement, bullying and family problems.
The details were revealed at the launch event for the 2015 ride staged at Franklin’s Gardens where Saints coach Jim Mallinder, player Christian Day and fellow forward Sam Dickinson, who opened last year’s ride, were on hand to present the trophies to the prize winners.
Having ridden in the event the previous two years, Jim was unable to take part in 2014 owing to his side’s fixture at Newcastle but, subject to the playing calendar, has already pledged that he will cycle this year - and will bring some of his stars.
Launch host Sue Bownass from the Hospice, said: “In eleven years, Cycle 4 Cynthia has grown from being just a few people pedalling
to well over a thousand last year and yet the same sentiments of passion, commitment, courage and a desire to make a difference to other people’s lives are always there.
“On behalf of both charities I want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved, from the marshals and volunteers who hand out medals, to the folks who man the pit stops and of course to the cyclists themselves for showing such wonderful spirit.
“Here’s hoping that our twelfth ride will be just as amazing, if not better!”
John Walters from Rushden was presented with the Chairman’s Prize after John crossed the finishing line with a Russian rider named Alex.
The two of them forged a friendship en-route after encouraging and helping each other for their final few miles.
Meanwhile, Mandy Dawson from Stowe School, whose husband Mike passed away at the Hospice last October after being diagnosed with cancer just weeks earlier, received the trophy for the largest sum raised by an individual – an incredible £6,165.
The trophy for the largest team went to St Andrew’s, who fielded an impressive 34 cyclists and, for the fifth year in a row, Steven Sanders picked up the prize for best fancy dress, leading his team of ‘minions’ from Nationwide after being inspired by the
hit animation film of 2010, ‘Despicable Me’.
The final announcement of the night was that Cycle 4 Cynthia 2015, again offering riders 5, 25 or 50 mile routes, is returning to Althorp, (its home from 2011-13), and will take place on Sunday September 13.
More information, including details of the new routes and entry and sponsorship forms will be available soon at: www.cycle4cynthia.com or by calling Sue at the hospice on Northampton 678088.