Picture gallery: Riders keep smiling through atrocious conditions in Grantham Foodbank Cycle Fest

Smiles despite the rain in the Grantham Foodbank Cycle Fest.
Smiles despite the rain in the Grantham Foodbank Cycle Fest.

Riders kept pedalling through the pouring rain to support Grantham Foodbank on Saturday and raise about £1,700 for the charity.

A group of 38 riders took part in this year’s Foodbank Cycle Fest. Conditions were atrocious with very heavy rain overnight which carried on into the day.

Riding through the rain in the Grantham Foodbank Cycle Fest.

Riding through the rain in the Grantham Foodbank Cycle Fest.

Riders had two routes to choose from. The 20-mile route took 18 riders via Marston, Hougham and Dry Doddington, and then back to the start and finish at Belton Garden Centre.

Twenty riders completed the 45-mile ‘three counties’ route which went as far north as Claypole via Marston and Brandon, then to Car Colston prior to returning via Bottesford and Long Bennington to the garden centre.

As in previous years, 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 local people in crisis.

Among the riders was 80-year-old Brian Oswin, who managed to cover 24 miles and raise £500 in sponsorship, and Joshua Crane, who is only 12 and managed the long 45-mile route.

Grantham Foodbank Cycle Fest.

Grantham Foodbank Cycle Fest.

The rain continues to pour at the Grantham Foodbank Cycle Fest.

The rain continues to pour at the Grantham Foodbank Cycle Fest.

Grantham Foodbank Cycle Fest.

Grantham Foodbank Cycle Fest.

Brian Oswin, 80, who raised more than �500 at the Foodbank Cycle fest, with Brian Hanbury, of the Foodbank.

Brian Oswin, 80, who raised more than �500 at the Foodbank Cycle fest, with Brian Hanbury, of the Foodbank.

Brian Hanbury, of Grantham Foodbank, with Joshua Crane, 12.

Brian Hanbury, of Grantham Foodbank, with Joshua Crane, 12.