An impressive two thousand and fifty pounds was raised by over 200 cyclists at this year’s Pedal the Park Sportive organised by Community Cycling Club Ride 63 in partnership with Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. £5 of the £15 entry fee went to the charity as well as some cyclists raising their own funds and giving additional donations for event photos.
Pictured at Clyde Muirshiel’s Castle Semple Visitor Centre Lochwinnoch handing the donation amount over to CLIC Sargent’s Alex McLean (2nd from L) are Ride 63 members David Hill (front L), John Higgins (4th from left), Claire Paterson (4th from R), Jim Maycock (3rd from R), Hugh Wallace (Right), and Regional Park staff Lewis Neilson (3rd from L) and Euan Jarvis (2nd from right).
The event started and finished at Castle Semple Visitor Centre on Sunday 22nd April 2017 where all participants received goodie bags and a Pedal the Park medal for their efforts from Rachael Mclean, CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager – West of Scotland.
Rachael said “it was an absolutely pleasure cheering everyone over the finish line and giving out the medals, it was great to meet everyone and amazing to hear all the positive feedback from all the riders! Thank you to everyone for supporting our work with young cancer patients. We rely entirely on donations to provide our vital services that help stop cancer destroying young lives, and we couldn’t do it without you”
David Gatherer, Regional Park Manager said “The Regional Park are delighted to work in partnership with Ride 63 and CLIC Sargent and see so many folk out on their bikes on what was a lovely sunny Sunday. As well as the fund raising benefit, the ride highlighted some of the cycling options available in the area, plans are progressing to look at more off-road opportunities as well.
Fiona Hewitt, Chair of Ride 63 Community Cycle Club said “We were so pleased so have the support of the Regional Park with the planning and marshalling the ride, the positive feedback we have had from the riders is very encouraging and we aim to organise a fourth Pedal the Park Sportive on Sunday 22nd April 2018! In the meantime find us on facebook and join our weekly Tuesday night ride or bigger weekend runs.”