Saddle up on Sunday for Hospice funds

The penny farthing pictured at the Bay Horse, Thronton, was designed and built by apprentices at Westinghouse Springfields  and has already helped raise funds for Brian House Children's Hospice at events such as Bark in the Park.'Pictured is Rob Foulkes, Dave Porter and Austin Walmsley
The penny farthing pictured at the Bay Horse, Thronton, was designed and built by apprentices at Westinghouse Springfields and has already helped raise funds for Brian House Children's Hospice at events such as Bark in the Park.'Pictured is Rob Foulkes, Dave Porter and Austin Walmsley
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More than 800 cyclists will saddle up and power across the Fylde to raise money for Trinity Hospice.

The Big Fylde Coast ride takes place on Sunday with organisers hoping the warm weather will last to bring out even more cyclists than usual.

The rides, starting from The Bay Horse in Thornton and Fairhaven Lake, will have a choice of four routes, from 15 miles to 45 miles for the more energetic.

Collette Goodwin, event organiser for Trinity Hospice, said: “You don’t have to be Sir Bradley Wiggins to take part. Because the bike ride isn’t a race, it is suitable for riders of all ages and abilities, and we know from previous years that some people take it easy, enjoy the ride and stop off en route for a snack or an ice cream.

“Having said that, at the other end of the scale we have some riders who take the challenge seriously enough to go around the 45-mile route twice!

“The Bike Ride is a very important event for us in terms of fundraising, and all the money raised through entry fees and sponsorship goes towards patient care at Trinity.

“Once again we are grateful to Beaverbrooks for their support and we are all looking forward to a fabulous day.”

Entry on the day costs £12 for adults and £5 for accompanied children, and participants are given a route map with details of checkpoints along the way. Start time is between 8.30am and 10am and the finish lines are open until 3pm.

All riders are asked to wear a cycle helmet and everyone completing the course receives a medal.

Collette added: “The routes take in some of the loveliest parts of the Fylde coast, which is a reminder that although we are based in Bispham, Trinity’s care is provided to people from across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.”

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