Rainworth cyclists ride out for John Eastwood Hospice

Newly formed Rainworth Riders pictured before the first trip out to Skegness in aid of the John Eastwood Hospice after picking up the mantle of the Rainworth Pedal Pushers.
Newly formed Rainworth Riders pictured before the first trip out to Skegness in aid of the John Eastwood Hospice after picking up the mantle of the Rainworth Pedal Pushers.
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RAINWORTH charity cyclists the Pedal Pushers have taken a fresh name and have just completed their first charity ride under a new guise.

The Rainworth Riders undertook an 85-mile cycle from The Venue in Rainworth to Skegness, raising money for the John Eastwood Hospice.

The Pedal Pushers used to raise money for sick children’s charity PASIC, but disbanded when figurehead Pat Limb decided to call it a day last year

Mick Griffiths, who acts as secretary during group meetings, said the they selected the hospice after it was suggested by The Venue landlady during their first meeting as the Riders.

Said Mick: “It was a good day. There was sunshine and a bit of wind and drizzle around Boston but apart from that it went well.

“The most gruelling part is through Swineshead because it is particularly flat and featureless. If you go on a hill you get to ride down hill but if you are on a straight constantly pedalling that is the hardest part.

“The quickest time was 2.30pm and we set off at 9.15am but for one of the riders it was harder - he got there at 4.30pm.”

Mick said the Riders are 11-strong and not strictly a club as they do not charge a subscription and do not meet on set nights, but simply get together to raise money for charity through cycling.

“The lads who do the rides do go out on a Sunday morning for a couple of hours or 20-30 miles in the evening mid-week but there is no set training night.

“We also have a meeting every three weeks just to motivate people and get things moving.”

The club will now be collecting sponsorship money and donations before a presentation night open to the public at The Venue, on Kirklington Road, Rainworth, on 13th October.

There will be three live bands and donations from members of the public can also be taken on the night.

For more information, contact Mick on 07727 858314.