Fundraisers tackle Turnpike Challenge ride to raise £900 for Prostate Cancer UK

FUNDRAISERS PUT pedal to the metal to raise more than £900 for Prostate Cancer UK at a unique Fathers’ Day bike ride.

The Turnpike Challenge saw a record 84 riders of all ages take on the 25-mile trip from Diggle Band Club over the Pennines, taking in the glorious countryside and hills.


Staged by Saddleworth Rotary and Saddleworth Clarion Cycle Club, the event is in its third year and Jon Stocker, Rotarian and one of the organisers, is delighted with its success.

“The Turnpike Challenge just gets better and better,” he said.

“This year with the fantastic sunny weather the event saw its highest number of entrants and record amount raised.

“The hot weather did take its toll on some of the riders, but the Clarion team members stuck to their motto of ‘no one left behind’ and brought everyone safely home.

“All were treated to refreshments including Jo Castle’s famous meat and potato or cheese and onion pie, which as usual went down a treat.”

Chris Moreman, co-founder of the Turnpike Challenge, added: “As the event grows, we see it is attracting a broad spectrum of riders, which helps to create a great atmosphere and camaraderie during the ride.”

The organisers thanked Jo Castle of the Diggle Band, the Clarion riders who provided support, Saddleworth Rotary members, CycleTech, Becca and Marilyn for running the feed station and the special flapjacks provided by the staff of North Ainley.


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