Wokingham Bikeathon 25th June 2017
On Sunday 25 June a grand total of 847 riders participated in the Wokingham Bikeathon, at Cantley Park, sponsored by Rodger Duckworth Physiotherapy Practice and run as part of National Bike Week.
Riders ranging in age from just 3 years old to seasoned veterans were started by Wokingham Mayor, Peter Lucie, and took to the roads around Wokingham on either the 15 mile or 35 mile route. Although many took part with families and friends just for fun, others were sponsored and raising funds for local charities including the Limbcare team in their Surrey bike (for 4 people) pedalled by amputees.
Ellie McDaniel and her friends chose to ride for Sport in Mind to support local people with mental health problems, whilst riders from Ravenswood in Crowthorne, part of the Norwood Charity, used tandem bikes to support the participation of riders with learning disabilities who cycled as part of each tandem team. A great many other charities were represented at the event including the Thames Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Bikeathon is run annually by a team of local volunteers, supported by a number of charitable organisations who provide people to help with the check-in, run the drinks stops, marshal the routes and capture photographs of the event. Organisations involved this year included The Unicorns, ARC Counselling, the 1st Emmbrook Scout Group and the Wokingham and East Berkshire Camera Club. Riders were also lucky enough to have the opportunity to tuck into bacon sandwiches at the end of their ride courtesy of the Wokingham Rangers Girl Guide Group and to get expert bike maintenance support from Mountain Trax and Dr Bike from Cycle Services.
Those younger riders with any energy left were treated to a turn on the Smoothie Bike by the MyJourney Wokingham team – a chance for a refreshing smoothie made with pedal power – while adults were challenged to a ‘Golden Minute’ of riding by the Urban Limits crew (from Safer Roads Berkshire.)
The Bikeathon Team would like to thank all the riders and everyone who helped make this year’s event such a success!
All photos have been supplied by Roger Holdsworth.
Wokingham Town Council Mayor Peter Lucey - photo supplied by Road Safety Analysis