On your bikes to help Grantham Foodbank

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Cyclists are being invited to take up a challenge this summer to raise money for a charity which helps families in crisis.

The Grantham Foodbank is staging its second cycle challenge on Saturday, June 21, and hoping to beat last year’s mark of £4,000 raised.

The inaugural event in 2013 attracted 21 riders, who set off from the Guildhall and cycled 10 laps around Grantham, taking in Somerby Hill and Belton.

The 2014 Cycle Challenge will set off from Belton Garden Centre and participants have the choice of cycling a 20-mile circuit, setting off at 10.30am, or a longer 45-mile route, setting off at 10am.

The shorter circuit will take cyclists through Barkston, Marston, Westborough, Dry Doddington and Stubton, before returning to Belton Garden Centre, while the longer option goes through Long Bennington, Bottesford, Balderton and Claypole before returning to the finish line.

The cost to take part is £2.50 per rider for the 20-mile ride and £5 per rider for the 45-mile challenge.

Organiser Phil Cranwell said: “Last year’s challenge was incredibly successful. This year we are hoping to attract more riders, including families, and would like to beat the £4,000 we raised last time.

”We are also hoping to have a static bike challenge at Asda. Both Asda and Sainsbury’s are helping us with items such as water and we are getting good support locally.”

If you would like to take part in the cycle challenge or would like more information about the event, you can contact Phil on 07785387934 or at phil@cranwells.plus.com

Grantham Foodbank was set up under the auspices of Churches Together in Grantham and District to provide emergency help to local families in crisis. The charity supplies three-day nutritionally balanced food parcels to families referred by professional agencies in the town.