300 cyclists take part in first Ribble Valley Ride

The Ribble Valley Ride 2014 with organiser Bill Honeywell standing at the front.
The Ribble Valley Ride 2014 with organiser Bill Honeywell standing at the front.

Almost 300 cyclists enjoyed the sunshine as they took part in the first Ribble Valley Ride last Sunday.

Jointly organised by the Rotary Clubs of Clitheroe and Accrington, the charity event also had support from other Rotary clubs as well as sponsorship from Honeywell Estate Agents, James Alpe Signs, Dugdale Nutrition and Waterloo Timber.

This debut running of the Ribble Valley Ride took in some of the finest scenery in the Ribble Valley and Yorkshire Dales. The longest of three routes available to participants covered a distance of 100 miles and took riders from the start at Oakhill Colleg in Whalley through Settle, Ribblehead, Hawes, Kettlewell and Gargrave.

The medium 60-mile route also passed through Settle before heading towards Malham and back to Whalley via Gargrave and Barnoldswick. A shorter 25-mile alternative visited Bolton-by-Bowland, Gisburn and Rimington.

The event was well-received by all the participants who were particularly impressed by the scenery and the excellent quality of food – much of it home-baked – which was provided free of charge en route.

Many entrants collected their own sponsorship money and it is hoped that the total amount raised for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation will be more than £5,000.

Bill Honeywell, the Event Organiser and no stranger to raising funds for the Rosemere and other cancer charities, paid tribute to the many volunteers involved in the organisation and marshalling of the event.

He commneted: “Without the help provided by Rotary members and their friends, events like this couldn’t possibly take place.

“We are grateful to the volunteers, the riders and the sponsors who have all come together to create an amazing inaugural running of the Ribble Valley Ride. We’ve already started making plans for an even bigger and better event next year!”