Sunday 25 June saw well over 800 riders participate in the Wokingham Bikeathon sponsored by Rodger Duckworth Physiotherapy Practice and run as part of National Bike Week.
Riders ranging in age from just 3 years old to seasoned veterans were started by Wokingham Mayor, Peter Lucie, and took to the roads around Wokingham on either the 15 mile or 35 mile route. Although many took part with families and friends just for fun, others were sponsored and raising funds for local charities including the ever-exuberant Limbcare team in their Surrey bike pedalled by three amputees and a rider with a broken arm. Flanked by a cohort of riders including one dressed as Scooby Doo, the team did well on their inaugural ride in the bike aptly named ‘Limbcare 1’ and are still collecting donations at www.limbcare.org/donate.
Ellie McDaniel and her friends chose to ride for Sport in Mind to support local people with mental health problems. Ellie said, “I really enjoyed taking part in my first Wokingham Bikeathon. I wanted to support the local charity Sport in Mind and thought this event would be the perfect way for me to challenge myself and raise valuable funds for the work they do throughout Berkshire support people with mental health problems. I am still collecting sponsorship via https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EllieMcDaniel and I am really grateful for everyone who has supported me so far.”
Riders from Ravenswood in Crowthorne, part of the Norwood Charity, used tandem bikes to support the participation of riders with learning disabilities who cycled as part of each tandem team. Andrea Ford said, “It was a fantastic opportunity for the people we support to use the local event to continue their preparation for their International Bike Ride in Israel in October. We had an amazing day and would love to be part of events in the future”.
A great many other charities were represented at the event including the Thames Hospice who will be receiving £300 raised by Danny and Simeon while one 6 year old raised over £200 for Macmillian Cancer Support.
The Bikeathon is run annually by a team of local volunteers, supported by a number of charitable organisations who provide people to help with the check-in, run the drinks stops, marshal the routes and capture photographs of the event. Organisations involved this year included The Unicorns, ARC Counselling, the 1st Emmbrook Scouts Group and the Wokingham and East Berkshire Camera Club. Riders were also lucky enough to have the opportunity to tuck into bacon sandwiches at the end of their ride courtesy of the Wokingham Rangers Girl Guide Group and to get expert bike maintenance support from Mountain Trax and Dr Bike from Cycle Services.
Those younger riders with any energy left were treated to a turn on the Smoothie Bike by My Journey Wokingham – a chance for a refreshing smoothie made with pedal power – while adults were challenged to a ‘Golden Minute’ of riding by the Urban Limits crew.
The Bikeathon Team would like to thank all the riders and everyone who helped make this year’s event such a success, especially our sponsor, Rodger Duckworth Physiotherapy Practice!
- Wokingham Bikeathon is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers and sponsored by Rodger Duckworth Physiotherapy Practice in Wokingham https://rdphysio.com/. Further information about the event, maps showing the 15 and 35 mile routes can be found at https://www.wokinghambikeathon.co.uk. Follow us on Facebook @WokinghamBikeathon.For more information about National Bike Week, please visit https://www.facebook.com/NationalBikeWeek
- Limbcare, based in Farnborough, provides help to civilian and ex military amputees and limb impaired. If you would like to donate please visit limbcare.org/donate. Ray Edwards, Chairman of the charity and the UK’s longest surviving quad amputee is also an inspirations speaker available for corporate hire. www.rayinspires.org
- Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities. Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.
We help children and adults to maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives, through personalised services designed to enable choice. Many of the people we support compete in regional, national and international competition through our medal winning Special Olympics team. Our tandem bike riding teams also offer the opportunity to take part in sponsored bike rides which the Norwood Challenges team organises in the UK and abroad.https://www.norwood.org.uk
- Sport in Mind is the independent Berkshire mental health sports charity formed in Reading in 2011 to use sport and physical activity to help aid the recovery of people experiencing mental health problems and encourage individuals to move their lives forward in a positive direction. sportinmind.org
- For further information about the 2017 Wokingham Bikeathon or to arrange an interview please contact: Karen Boud 07720 846928, firstname.lastname@example.org.