First Turnpike Challenge ride raises £650 for charity

DARING RIDERS tackled the first ever Turnpike Challenge Charity Bike Ride to raise £650 for Prostate Cancer UK.

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Cycle Tech were on hand to help during the ride

Fifty-nine cyclists of all ages took on the 25-mile trip over the Pennines on Father’s Day in cool and showery conditions.

The event was a joint venture between Saddleworth Rotary Club and Saddleworth Clarion Cycle Club to help raise funds and awareness for their chosen charity.

Chris Moreman, one of the organisers, commented: “I am very pleased with the turnout and can see this becoming an annual event.”

The ride started and finished at Diggle Band Club, where cyclists were greeted with welcome hot drinks and pie and peas by Band Club steward, Jo Castle.

Jon Stocker from the Rotary Club said: “Without Jo’s and the Diggle Band Club’s help we would not have been able to put together such a good bike ride.

“We would also like to thank Oldham Mountain Rescue for providing the first aid cover, Paul Smith of Cycle Tech Oldham for giving his time to make any necessary repairs, the Rotarians who braved the weather to act as stewards on the course and the Clarion Cyclists who went round with the riders.

“Last but not least we would like to thank the riders that turned out with their hard earned cash to support the event.”

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