Join fund-raising Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride through Grantham

The Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride passes through Grantham in 2015.

The Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride passes through Grantham in 2015.

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People are being invited to take part in an annual 200-mile charity bike ride taking in the 12 locations, including Grantham, where the Queen Eleanor crosses were placed.

The ride takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend, raising money for homeless persons charity The Connection at St Martin’s in Trafalgar Square, London.

The plaque unveiled at the Guildhall in Grantham in 2015 in commemoration of Queen Eleanor whose body was carried through the town on its way to London.

The plaque unveiled at the Guildhall in Grantham in 2015 in commemoration of Queen Eleanor whose body was carried through the town on its way to London.

In 1290, Queen Eleanor, the wife of King Edward 1, died in Harby, just outside Lincoln. Her body was carried from Harby to its final resting place in Westminster Abbey. Edward ordered for 12 crosses bearing statues of the Queen - the Queen Eleanor Crosses - to be erected at places where the procession stopped overnight.

Only three of the original crosses remain, in Geddington, Hardingstone (on the outskirts of Northampton) and Waltham Cross. A plaque in recognition of the Eleanor Cross in Grantham was unveiled at the Guildhall last year when the riders passed through the town.

Keith Busfield, team organiser, said: “It’s been great fun, a chance to learn about the history, meet lots of new people, sample plenty of cake, practice my puncture repair skills and support a great cause.”

Money is raised through sponsorship. A small registration fee covers all accommodation and food, with cyclists staying overnight in church and village halls. Previous years’ events have in total raised over £100,000.

Members of the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride in Grantham in 2015.

Members of the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride in Grantham in 2015.

Anybody who would like to take part in the cycle ride can register by visiting www.queeneleanorcycleride.org.uk or email queeneleanorcycle@gmail.com

The unveiling of the Queen Eleanor plaque in Grantham in 2015.

The unveiling of the Queen Eleanor plaque in Grantham in 2015.