Charitable cyclists urged to sign-up for 60-mile challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care

Cyclists are being asked to put their pedal power to good use and climb into the saddle and raise funds for a local hospice.

The Edge, an exciting challenge event, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care and will return for the third time on Sunday, July 1.

With registrations for the event now officially open, the event is open to anyone over the age of 14 who wants to sign-up.

Sponsored by SKODA Bury St Edmunds part of the Vindis Group, the challenge will see participants complete a specially selected route, which traces the hospice’s catchment area, offering beautiful views of the Suffolk countryside.

Chris Hervey-Murray, head of business at SKODA Bury St Edmunds, said: ““We are really proud to be this year’s sponsor for The Edge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. We are aware of the important work that the hospice does across the community, helping those when they need it most and with Vindis being a local business we are always looking for ways we can support the good causes.

“We were keen to get involved with The Edge as it is a great cycling challenge happening on our own doorstep. We hope as many cyclists as possible will put their pedal power to the test and sign up to take part.”

Alongside his friends and family, Malcolm Quantrill has undertaken a number of cycle challenges to raise funds for the hospice, which cared for his wife Yvonne.

Having taken part in The Edge last year, Malcolm is looking forward to tackling the route for the second time.

“I really enjoyed it last year, and I am looking forward to doing it again, and hopefully I will be able to get an even bigger team to join me,” he said.

“There are some hills and some challenges along the way but it is a great route and you know you’re doing it for the hospice as well,” added Malcolm.

Starting and finishing at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, the circular route sees cyclists’ first head towards Thurston, continuing to Walsham le Willows, Finningham, Old Newton, Wetherden, Buxhall, Hitcham, Monks Eleigh, Little Waldingfield, Lavenham, Cockfield and Rushbrooke.

Mike Robinson, the chairman of Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club said: “We are pleased to see how this event has grown. Last year it raised a fantastic amount and we hope to see even more cyclists sign-up this year, we will certainly be entering a sizeable contingent of club members, made up of current players, former players, including myself, and supporters.”

It costs £20 to take part, with all riders receiving a free snood with their registration and medal at the finish.

You can register for the challenge and find out more at www.stnicholashospice.org.uk/news-community/events-listing/the-edge-cycle-ride/

Pictured above, left to right, are Paul Richardson from Skoda, Rachel Card hospice corporate fundraiser, Malcolm Quantrill and Mike Robinson the rugby club’s chairman.

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