Cyclists gear up for Three Counties Cycle ride on Sunday

Published: 28 May 2014 17:300 comments

FAMILIES are getting ready to hit the saddle as the Three Counties Cycle Ride returns for another year.

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Running for more than 20 years, the picturesque route on Sunday will start and finish at Garth Hill College in Bracknell, with three distances to choose from – 15, 33 or 50 miles.

The routes take in much of Bracknell, and depending on which you choose, also extend into Windsor and Maidenhead, south Oxfordshire, Henley, Wokingham, and the surrounding area.

Raising money for charitable causes through sponsorship of the riders, some of this year’s recipients will be the Thames Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Air Ambulance and the Rotary Club of Bracknell Trust Fund.

So far, 600 people have signed up for this year’s Three Counties Cycle Ride and it is estimated that about £20,000 will be raised in sponsorship by the riders in total.

Allan Emmett, from the Rotary Club of Bracknell, which organises the annual event, said: “It’s a very big event – the biggest fundraiser for us – in the year. It’s more a charity fundraiser than a race.”

“We have raised £1m over the past 20 years for charity.

Times of departure of riders from Garth Hill College are staggered, starting at 8am.

With entry fees set at £15 for adults and £8 for under 16, the money goes towards race expenses such as medals, and each entrant who has already enrolled will receive a T-shirt.

Upon completion, all participants will receive a medal and certificate in recognition of their efforts.

Online entries will be accepted until Friday. Entrants are accepted on the day for a slightly higher fee but will not receive T-shirts.

For more information and to sign up, visit 3ccr.org

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