Update 3/30/2015 – The fifth annual Cycle the Solway will take place on July 12 in North Cumbria, England. Registration and additional money raised from the event will benefit Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice. This year’s event will include a family-friendly 10-kilometer route for the first time as well as 50- and 100-kilometer paths. All of the courses will begin and end at the Border Reiver Inn in Carlisle, England.
“This year we are introducing a shorter family ride with a difference. The ride will be fully marshalled, with a feed station and, hopefully, some children’s entertainment en route,” Scott told the source.
The longer routes have been changed based on feedback from last year’s participants, Scott said. “I am assured that the sun will be shining, the wind will be a slight South Westerly, and the tide will be present. We therefore anticipate ideal conditions for a pleasant and scenic ride.”
Event registration is £7.50 for children ages 10 to 16 years and £15 for adults for the 10-kilometer path, and £28 for the 50- and 100-kilometer courses. There is also a family price of £40 (two adults and two children) as well as special pricing for “fantastic fundraisers” of £75 and club-entry of £100.
Since 2011, the event has drawn hundreds of cyclist and raised more than £35,000 to support adults and children with life-limiting illnesses.
4/10/2014 – Scott Self Storage in Carlisle, Cumbria, England, is organizing a charity bike ride on July 13 to raise money for Eden Valley Hospice, which provides nursing and medical care for adults and children with life-limiting illnesses. The fourth annual Cycle the Solway includes 25-, 50- and 100-kilometer paths for cyclists of all abilities along bike-friendly and coastal areas. All three courses begin and end at the Border Reiver Inn on Holmrook Road in Carlisle.
The 25-kilometer route is described as a family-friendly, flat-surface ride, according to event organizers. The 100- kilometer course passes through the cities of Allonby, Kirkbride and Silloth. Refreshments will be provided prior to the race and again at the finish line. In addition, three en-route feed stations will be available.
“This is an opportunity to raise money for a really worthwhile cause and have an enjoyable day out at the same time,” Stephen Scott, managing director of Scott Self Storage, told the source.
Event registration is £20 for the 25-kilometer route, and £28 for the 50- and 100-kilometer courses. There is also a family and club-entry price of £70 and £100, respectively.
Originally created as a team-building exercise in 2011, Cycle the Solway evolved into a charity event after employees shared their cycling plans with friends and colleagues. The team dedicated the funds to Eden Valley Hospice in honor of Stephen and Jacqui Scott’s daughter, who was killed in a 1999 car accident.
The first ride included a 25- and 50-kilometer route, drew 64 riders, and raised £4,200. The 2012 ride introduced the 100-kilometer course and drew 128 cyclists, who raised £8,400. Last year’s event raised £14,500 for the charity and included 202 riders.
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