Participants in this year’s Cycle 4 Cynthia are being encouraged to dress up as gnomes in honour of Lampy, the world’s oldest gnome who is kept at Lamport Hall - the venue for the cycle ride.
The annual event, which takes place on September 21, is raising money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice and the Northampton charity Kidsaid, which supports youngsters who have suffered bereavement, bullying, abuse of family issues,
Riders will start and finish at Lamport Hall and can complete a five, 25 or 50-mile routes around Northamptonshire.
There is a prize for the best fancy dress and Sue Bownass, of Cynthia Spencer Hospice, is encouraging people re-create the white-bearded, pointy-capped look of Lampy the gnome.
She said: “We’ve had some great outfits in previous years including cats, cartoon superheroes and even the T-Birds and Pink Ladies from Grease and they really put a smile on our riders’ faces.
“So we’d love it if we had a few gnomes leap into their saddles this year because, while the ride has a serious mission to raise much-needed funds for our two deserving charities, it’s also a great fun, family event and this would be the perfect costume to wear to mark the arrival at our new venue.”
Neil Lyon, Lamport’s Assistant Property Manager, said: “I’m sure Lampy would be pleased to think that he was playing his small part in helping to raise even more money for this wonderful event and he cant wait to see all those riders with red pointed hats perched on top of their cycle helmets pedal off down the drive.
Entry fro Cycle 4 Cynthia is £15 for adults, £7.50 for children and £35 for families for those registering before September 5.
For more information, including details of the routes, entry and sponsorship forms, or to register online, visit www.cycle4cynthia.com or to become an event sponsor, call Sue Bownass at the hospice on Northampton 678088.