St Catherine’s Hospice introduces new bike ride challenge

Posted on - 1st February, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News, Walton-le-Dale, What's On in Preston
The Big Bike Ride is to no longer take place

The Big Bike Ride is to no longer take place

A 100-mile cycle ride taking in four counties is to begin and end near Preston.


The Wiggle 4 Counties Sportive ride on Sunday 15 May is to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice.

The route, starting from Bamber Bridge, takes in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

St Catherine’s said the ride replaced its Big Charity Bike Ride which had run for the past three years and also replaced their long-standing Manchester to Blackpool event.

Lynne Whittaker, senior fundraiser at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the first ever Wiggle 4 Counties event which promises to be a wonderful experience and a fantastic achievement for all.

“We know there are many riders out there who are keen to use their cycling prowess to support St Catherine’s, but we also recognised that after three years of the Big Bike Ride many felt they had ticked that off their list. By working with Wiggle and Pennine Events, we are able to introduce an exciting new challenge which we hope lots of supporters both old and new will be inspired to rise to.

“Whether people opt for the 82 or 100 mile route, we hope participants will use their passion for the pedals as an opportunity go out to family, friends and colleagues to ask for sponsorship. All of the money raised in this way will be used to support the specialised care St Catherine’s Hospice provides across Central Lancashire – helping people affected by conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure to enjoy the best possible quality of life.”

Related: Max Neill’s guest post on what it’s like spending a Christmas in St Catherine’s Hospice

It costs £33 to take place in the ride and a shorter 82-mile ride is available covering Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

Mandy Parkinson, from Pennine Events, said: “Having supported the St Catherine’s annual bike ride in previous years, Pennine Events are delighted to be working with the hospice again this year.

“The charity provides a vital service to local people but relies on the loyalty, dedication and generosity of their supporters to be able to continue their important work. We hope lots of keen cyclists will sign up to show their support and get this brilliant new event off to a great start.”

Anyone wanting to register needs to visit the hospice website or call 01772629171.

Will you be taking on the cycling challenge? Let us know in the comments below

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