A hundred and twenty riders braved the sweltering heat to take part in The Big Ride, a new cycling event organised by Julia’s House.
Previously run as the Hospice-to-Hospice ride, with a route between the Dorset hospice in Corfe Mullen and the Wiltshire hospice in Devizes, this year it changed venue and name in favour of a new circular route starting from Larmer Tree Gardens.
Cyclists chose between a 50 and 100 mile ride through beautiful open countryside, villages – and up a couple of killer hills! There were several welcome refreshment stops along the way and at the end of their journey the cyclists were presented with medals and treated to a celebratory hog roast and glass of Prosecco.
Last year’s ride raised £63,000 and early signs are that this is likely to be matched.
Among those joining the ride was Julia’s House Director of Care Ali Acaster and Parent Ambassador Charles Andrews along with 10 of his colleagues from engineering firm Meggitt.
Charles, whose 14-year-old daughter Katherine receives care from Julia’s House, has had a very active week – he is currently taking part in the charity’s Trek the Alps challenge event.
Big thank you to all the volunteers manning road crossings and stops and to sponsors Addo Food Group, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Muc Off, Emily Crisps and Pedals Cycle Centre.