Cyclists celebrate success

16 July 2014

Over 380 cyclists are celebrating success after riding from Manchester to Blackpool in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice on Sunday (July 13th).

More cyclists than ever before turned out to cycle 63 miles for the Hospice.

The riders set off at around 7.30am from Manchester and cycled through Leigh, Aspull, Preston and Lytham before arriving at Blackpool's south promenade.

The 11-strong Golden Oldies team took part in memory of Debra Racle who was cared for by the Hospice.

Her husband Andrew Racle, 58, from Astley said: "Debra went to the Hospice as a day patient for treatments and she spent her last two weeks there in August 2011. The care was absolutely superb, I couldn't have asked for better.
"I found the ride very easy although I've only ever cycled 25 or 30 miles before so I surprised myself. I decided to get a bit fitter so I bought myself a bike about 13 months ago and in that time I've cycled over 2,500 miles.

Andrew estimates he alone has raised over £1,100 from the ride and is going to take part again in 2015.

Julie Taylor from Orrell said: "The Hospice has taken wonderful care of my neighbour Dawn March for over ten years so I wanted to do something to help. I have been to the Hospice a couple of times and it's a really nice place which has given Dawn lots of support over the years.

Lesley Essery from Orrell said: "This was my first Manchester to Blackpool bike ride and I was very apprehensive but I've really enjoyed it - it's been fabulous."

David Morris from Hindley Green said: "This my eighth time and I've always done it for the Hospice because it's a good cause. It was raining when I set out but thankfully the sun came out and it's been a great day."

Jennifer King, travelled from Crawley to ride with her family who all live in Wigan. She said: "It's brilliant, it's been really well organised and everyone has been wonderful. I'd definitely do the ride again without a doubt."

Also taking part were the five-strong Wallgate Wheelers team from Wigan Wallgate train station. The team estimate they have raised around £1,200 aided by a £500 donation from Northern Rail. Wallgate Wheeler Anthony McManus from Pemberton undertook the challenge as tribute to his brother-in-law who was cared for by the Hospice.

Maxine Armstrong, Fundraising and Lottery Manager, said: "From the moment we picked our cyclists up at 6.30am there was a buzz of excitement which lasted throughout the day. Everyone has done so well and we are very grateful for all those who turned out to make this year's bike ride our best attended yet.
"Thanks must also go to all those who volunteered and to local businesses D Cain & Son and Wincanton which each donated a lorry for the day - we couldn't have done it without you."

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