Foodbank cyclists help feed 4,000 Grantham families

The cyclists in St Peter's Hill.

The cyclists in St Peter's Hill.

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Cyclists took to the streets of Grantham at the weekend to raise money for Grantham Foodbank by riding 100 miles in a single day.

Nearly £4,000 was raised by the cyclists, which will translate to roughly 4,000 meals for Grantham families struggling for food.

The cyclists in St Peter's Hill.

The cyclists in St Peter's Hill.

Phil Cranwell, the organiser of the race, said: “It was a tremendous day. We raised between £3,500 and £4,000 from sponsorship and another £300 in donations from members of the public watching. We were absolutely delighted.”

The challenge began at 7am outside of the Guildhall on Saturday and consisted of 10 laps around Grantham, taking in Somberby Hill and Belton.

A total of 21 riders took part and most finished the entire course, with the last returning around 4pm. Some riders treated the event as a race and finished the first lap in a staggering 35 minutes - an average speed of 19mph.

Together, the riders covered 1,800 miles over the course of the day. The weather was perfect for such a gruelling event and there were no accidents.

The largest teams were those belonging to the churches, the police and Moy Park.

Mr Cranwell added: “This was the first event of its kind we’ve done but we are already planning to do it again. It might have a flatter route next year to encourage more cyclists to take part.”

People can donate to it at www.granthamfoodbank.org.uk/public/donations.php

Anyone wishing to sign up for next year’s race should contact Phil at phil@cranwells.plus.com