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On Your Bike 2017

On Your Bike was bigger and better than ever before

Sunday  saw the 8th  Isabel Hospice On Your Bike sponsored cycle ride take place. The event started and finished at the Bishop’s Stortford Rugby club and saw just under 500 cyclists of all ages and abilities take on the challenge of a 25k, 50k and 100k distance. This number of cyclists beat last year’s entrants which was 470 cyclists. The 100k distance was by far the most popular with many club cyclists taking on the challenge. The 25k was popular with families.

Beth Hardy, Mass Events Manager for Isabel Hospice said “We were delighted by the turn out once again for this popular annual fundraiser. The volunteers and 32 marshals were incredible and worked their socks off to keep everyone safe, and ensure it was a really great day. Thanks to the fire station for allowing us to use their field to park this year, to the Police for helping, our sponsors Austin’s Funeral Directors and Ken Twort, Pukka Tukka for donating refreshments to our volunteers, Kinetic Cycles for our being our bike doctor and for donating a bike to our sponsorship competition winner (yet to be announced), Nestle Water and Eat Natural for donating water and cereal bars for the cyclists, the staff at Nuffield Health Bishop’s Stortford & Sawbridgeworth for volunteering, Injury Active for providing free massages for tired legs and Steve’s Ices.

This was a real community event and pubs around the routes got involved too. Thanks to The Catherine Wheel in Albury, The Beehive Pub in Hare Street, The Tally Ho in Barkway, The Bull in Langley Lower Green, The Three Tuns in Great Hormead for providing rest stops and water points for our cyclists.

The fantastic photos from the day came from Sharon Kaplan Photography and Mandy Davies.

We hope to have raised around £13,000 which will enable us to continue to put life into the days of our patients, when we cannot put days into their lives. Last year we were able to support more patients than ever, with 1,379 patients and 2,680 family members. All our care is free and we have nurses visiting patients at home in Bishop’s Stortford and a weekly Day Service at the Barnabas Centre in Thorley.  To provide this free year we need to raise £3 million, so today was an important day in our event calendar.”

Chip timing provided by SportiveUk can be found on their website.

Chip Timing Results