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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Cumbria cyclists urged to saddle up for charity

CYCLISTS across Cumbria are being urged to sign up for the Jennings Rivers Ride and help raise money for good causes.

The event, rolling in and out of Keswick on Sunday May 25, is organised by Cumbria Community Foundation.

It is usually held in September, but had to be postponed last year because of the wet weather.

Andy Beeforth, chief executive of Cumbria Community Foundation said: “The majority of the riders signed up to take part last September have been able to commit to the new date.

“I’m conscious that with only one Jennings Rivers Ride in a two year period, we need to raise twice the amount of money for good causes this time.

“I’d like to appeal to people, who can cycle anything from 10 miles to 75 miles, to consider signing up for one of our four routes and commit to raise at least £125 for our charity.

“Anyone who manages to raise this sum will be rewarded with a souvenir yellow jersey - like the leading riders in the Tour De France.

“All money raised will go directly into our grant making supporting projects that provide much needed services at a grassroots level.”

To tempt more cyclists, the company that is responsible for all the biking aspects of the Jennings Rivers Ride - Rather Be Cycling - is running a taster ride out of Keswick on Sunday at 10am from the Filling Station Cafe.

The inaugural Jennings Rivers Ride in 2011 attracted 750 riders who tackled everything from a family fun ride to a gruelling 75 mile slog over three Lake District passes.

In 2012 more than 1,000 cyclists took up the challenge.

Cumbria Community Foundation hopes all 1,500 places will be taken up in May.

With 1,117 people signed up to date, there are just short of 400 places up for grabs.

The Jennings Rivers Ride is a collection of four stunning Lake District bike routes for cyclists of all abilities.

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