Sixty three riders took part in this year’s Foodbank Cycle Challenge, exactly three times the number that participated last year.
There were two routes to choose from this year. A group of 36 riders completed the 45 mile three counties route
which went out as far west as Car Colston via Long Bennington and Bottesford and then onto Claypole before returning via Stubton, Brandon and Marston to the Belton Garden Centre.
The 20 mile route took 27 riders via Marston, Hougham and Dry Doddington and then back to the garden centre.
Rider and Foodbank trustee Phil Cranwell said: “The weather turned out to be superb; not too hot and much warmer than last year’s August ride when it was cold and overcast. Like last year, the event was publicised as a challenge rather than a race and was held to raise awareness of the Foodbank and the work it does for those local people in crisis.
“With more than triple the riders for last Saturday’s event it is hoped to top the £4000 raised last year. For every £1 raised that means a meal for someone in need. In tandem with the event Foodbank volunteers collected 700 kilogams of food generously given by ASDA customers. Warmest thanks to all the volunteers who helped the day go smoothly and to the local businesses who sponsored the event.”