On a glorious Sunday morning over 500 cyclists rode away in the first Strawberry 50 community cycling event from Histon & Impington Recreation Ground. Cyclists were able to ride from a choice of routes;
– a 55 mile route around country in South West Cambridgeshire – a 28 mile route for those who wanted a more leisurely ride
– a 14 mile family orientated ride along the Guided Busway
Nearly 350 took part in the longer routes and 185 participated in the family event including 100 children who each received a medal at the end of their ride. Locally based Mrs Potts Vintage Teas provided cakes and teas at one of the route stops raising £300 for EACH.
Neil Davies one of the organisers enthuses ‘the whole day exceeded our expectations and it was simply a great fun community sporting event’. Chris Sidell of Histon and Impington Bicycle Club said: ‘It was a brilliant event and well worth all the effort that went into it. I want to thank all the volunteers who gave their time so willingly to make it a success, and I really hope it will inspire even more people from our community to get on their bikes.’ The event was organised by Friends of Histon & Impington Recreation and Histon & Impington Bicycle Club ( HIBC ) , and was 12 months in the planning. An enthusiastic organising group worked together planning the many different aspects of the event.
Neil explains further ‘it was a perfect match with members of HIBC bringing years of cycling and route experience, and the Friends providing large event organisation experience’. The event very nearly did not happen with the pre arranged First Aid provider withdrawing less than two weeks before the event and Private Ambulance Service stepping in to provide cover. It is hoped that a small profit will be made after accounting for the significant investment in route signage and event marketing. The next major village community sporting event is the Bonfire Burn 10k on Sunday 1st November, entry information available http://www.bonfireburn10k.co.uk