Cycle Together Sandringham grows and grows
15 July 2014
by Matt Smith
Inspired by the world famous Tour de France, more than 500 cycling enthusiasts put their pedal power to the test for Cycle Together Sandringham on Sunday. Together they are on track to to raise an impressive £20,000 for our charity.
Our event started in the beautiful grounds of Park House Hotel, our award-winning hotel for disabled people and their carers. Riders were cheered on from start to finish by local supporters, staff and volunteers, giving them the boost they needed to get round the course.
One of the great things about this event is that it brings together seasoned cyclists, commuters and off-roaders with those who prefer a gentle meander. The cycle routes, which ranged from 10 to 50 miles, gave everyone the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the charming villages in Norfolk.
Actor Graham Cole, who played PC Tony Stamp in The Bill, turned up just at the right time to wave and cheer riders on who got caught in a short rain shower. The Leonard Cheshire supporter also took to Twitter to congratulate participants:
‘Well done those riders for Park House Hotel @LeonardCheshire, over 500 from 70's to one 4-year-old, humbling to support a great event.’ —
Tired cyclists were rewarded at the finish line with a hero’s welcome, glorious sunshine and legendary homemade flapjacks made by our chef at Park House. Below is just some of the lovely feedback we've already had from people who took part.
‘Great event and very well organised. It was a great route and food stations were very good. Obviously a lot of hard work went into getting this great sportive up and running. You should all be very proud — and of course not forgetting that it is all for a very good local charity.’ —
‘I just wanted to say thanks for organising such an enjoyable event today at Sandringham — there was a great atmosphere and challenging route. All of the volunteers and staff were very friendly and polite. It was my second year of entering and I hope I'll be able to attend next year's too!’ —
A huge thanks to all the wonderful people who took part this year your support will make a huge difference to the lives of disabled people in Sandringham. If this has inspired you to join Cycle Together in 2015, sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know when it's announced!
Matt Smith is sports events manager for Leonard Cheshire Disability.