Sportsmen and celebrities cheered on a host of south Northants riders during the 10th Cycle 4 Cynthia at Althorp House last weekend.
The event, a key fundraiser for The Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support in the county, has raised more than £250,000 since it began nine years ago with this year’s ride attracting a record-breaking 1100 cyclists.
Waving the flag for south Northants were registered blind cyclist Steve Parnell who wnet tandem with Mick Holliday, president of the Towcester based A5 Rangers cycle club.
Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley and former Generation Game hostess Isla St Clair were also on hand to cheer on the riders, which included three generations of one family - Nancy Davies, aged six from Silverstone cycled five miles with mum Chloe, while her 63 year-old grandfather Gordon Foxton from Moreton Pinkney completed 50 miles with his friend Julian Rivers from Earls Barton.
Saints captain Dylan Hartley also signed up for the five-mile route, but at the last minute jumped on a not-so-manly pinked saddled bike and took part in eth 25-mile route.
Fellow club and country forward Tom Wood and coach Jim Mallinder also tackled the 50m cycle route.
Sue Bownass from the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice said: “Such wonderful weather, a fantastic turn out, some great support and a truly party atmosphere, it seems the gods were really smiling on us.
“I can’t say a big enough thank you to all those who took part, and of course to our marvellous team of volunteers, marshals, sponsors and supporters who’ve made this a tenth anniversary ride to be proud of.” Riders are being encouraged to collect their sponsorship quickley so organisers can work out if they have beat last year’s fund raising total of £55,000.
Sponsorship and donations can be sent to The Friends of Cynthia Hospice, Manfield Campus, Kettering Road, Northampton NN3 6NP, making cheques payable to ‘Cycle 4 Cynthia’.
More pictures of the ride can be viewed at www.cycle4cynthia.com.
To register as a rider of volunteer for next year’s ride, the Friends on 01604 678088.