On a bright Sunday morning 1,300 cyclists congregated on Castle Street for the start of the Farnham Charity Bike Ride.
Organised by volunteers at Farnham Round Table and St Andrew’s Infants School PTA, the event has raised over £105,000 for local good causes since it its 2009 launch and celebrated the move to Castle Street with record numbers of participants.
This was by far the biggest and best Farnham Charity Bike Ride yet with 30% more riders than last year and organisers expect it to raise over £30,000.
The new start and finish area, and the new 75 mile route really seemed to have captured people’s imagination, all helped by fabulous weather!
We were hoping to exceed 1,000 riders for the first time so were delighted the smash that threshold!
The event always generates a fantastic atmosphere, with cyclists, young and old, cycling together.
This year there were cyclists in kilts, riding tandems and a cyclist who completed the 75 mile route on a bike without gears plus even more spectators cheering them on.
Great reaction to new routes
Riders had a choice of four circular routes and they attracted very positive feedback from the riders as they returned to Castle Street for a well-earned celebratory drink.
The organisers send a big thank you to:
- the local residents, businesses and Farnham Town Council for supporting the move to Castle Street
- our sponsors East St Cycles, Charters Estate Agents and Nuffield Health and Wellbeing for their continued support which means even more of the money raised goes to help local causes
- all our volunteers who welcome the riders at the 7am check-in, marshal the four routes, and run the refreshment stops
- all our riders for their enthusiasm and we hope to see as many of you as possible on 3rd July 2016.