South Northants cyclists honoured at launch of Cycle 4 Cynthia 2013

A5 Ranger Keith Mason (left) receives chairman's trophy from Jim Mallinder after taking part in eight of the last nine Cycle 4 Cynthia sponsored bike rides.

A5 Ranger Keith Mason (left) receives chairman's trophy from Jim Mallinder after taking part in eight of the last nine Cycle 4 Cynthia sponsored bike rides.

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A 76-year-old Towcester cyclist and a penny farthing owner from Blakesley have been honoured during a special ceremony to launch this year’s Cycle for Cynthia.

On Wednesday, February 6, Keith Mason, a member of Towcester’s A5 Ranger was handed the Cycle 4 Cynthia Chairman’s trophy by Northampton Saints coach Jim Mallinder.

Cycle For Cynthia, which started at Althorp

Cycle For Cynthia, which started at Althorp

Last September’s ride at Althorp House raised £55,000 for Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

This year will be the event’s 10th year and Mr Mason has only missed one year through injury and has raised around £5,000.

In a statement organisers said the chairman’s award recognises those who had ‘gone that extra mile’.

Mr Mason said: “I’ve loved taking part in the ride each year, missing only the 2010 ride after I had a nasty accident on my bike and was catapulted over the handlebars.

“It was that time out of the saddle that made me realise how easy it is to take good health for granted, so if I can do my bit for these two marvellous charities, then I will.”

The presentation evening also saw Peter Semler from Blakesley receive a trophy for the best fancy dress, having cycled the 25 mile route on a penny farthing.

Speaking on behalf of both charities Diane Saunderson, chairman of Macmillan’s Northampton fund raising committee, said: “While none of us hopes we will ever need to make use of our services, there are those for whom our work is already vital and sadly that’s never going to change. This money will allow both the hospice and Macmillan to continue doing what it does so brilliantly, and for that we are incredibly grateful.”

Other awards went to; Chris Locke from Northampton for raising £1,400, the most sponsorship money at the 2012 event, while the biggest team shield was awarded to Northampton-based building services firm Briggs and Forrester for fielding a 144-strong group of riders.

Cycle 4 Cynthia 2013, which offers riders the choice of five, 25 and 50 mile routes will take place at Althorp on Sunday, September 22.

For more details on how to enter, including as a business team, or to pledge your support, visit www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk or call Sue Bownass at the hospice on 01604 678088.