Cyclists in £5,000 charity windfall after epic journey

The riders in Skegness after completing their epic Notts2Skeg endurance bike ride. Over �5,000 has been raised by this year's fundraiser. Photo by John Crossland.
The riders in Skegness after completing their epic Notts2Skeg endurance bike ride. Over �5,000 has been raised by this year's fundraiser. Photo by John Crossland.
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DOZENS of cyclists have helped to raised over £5,000 for charity after embarking upon an epic Nottingham to Skegness ride earlier this month.

The annual EON charity bike ride from Nottingham to Skegness took place on Saturday, July 7.

Now in its 11th year the latest run saw over 90 men and women cyclists leave Nottingham in thick fog at a 7am start.

The bike ride was set up in memory of Ronald Green, who passed away in 2001 of terminal cancer.

The ride was organised by Neil Green and Kev Bryant who both work for EON in Nottingham and is predominantly entered by other members of EON staff.

Over the last 10 years, the riders who have taken part in this have collectively managed to raised a staggering £48,000 in donations to local charities.

Last year alone raised £3,000, which was split between St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice and Hayward House Specialist Palliative Care Cancer Unit.

The chosen charity this year is Alfreton Park Community Special School, which requires a new roof for their hydrotherapy / swimming pool which is a vital resource for all the pupils who attend, many who have complex needs and learning difficulties.

A donation was also made to the Mayor of Skegness for his chosen charity for the year.

The first riders took just four hours to cycle the 82 mile route, finishing it at 11am at the Royal Hotel on South Parade, with many more arriving throughout the day including the fun riders in fancy dress and those on novelty bikes including a penny farthing and chopper bikes.

“We would like to thank all the people who marshalled the event and the generosity of people who donated to the charity, and a big thank you to the staff of the Royal Renaissance for the buffet and medal ceromony in which the mayor presented medals to the riders,” said a spokesperson.

The total raised this year is £5,000 with more coming in.