Turnpike Challenge riders put pedal to metal for charity

CHARITY-MINDED organisers of  Saddleworth’s fourth Turnpike Challenge praised riders and supporters for making it a success and raising £600.

Philip Aspin and his son Josh leading the pack up to Standedge cutting

Held on Fathers’ Day, 58 riders tackled the challenging 25-mile route from Diggle Band Club in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

The event is run by Saddleworth Rotary Club and Saddleworth Clarion Cycle Club and brings together all level of cyclists for what can be quite a challenging ride.

Jon Stocker of Saddleworth Rotary said: “The uncertainty of the weather meant the number of riders was less than last year’s record levels – but I think this year’s ride was exceptional.

“The generosity and support we get from all involved makes this a such a worthwhile event to organise.”

He praised Jo Castle, the Diggle Band Club steward and her husband John, for giving up their time to host the ride at the club.

“Jo also provides hot pie and peas and drinks for the riders on their return. In fact, I am convinced some of the riders do the ride just for the pies!” Jon said.

“I would also like to thank fellow Rotarians who act as marshals along the cycle route with special thanks  Richard Bartlett, Tony Beswick, Stan Bowes, David Howes, Norman Hibbert, Rob Knotts and Clint Elliot, who all made sure the cyclists followed the correct route and cheered them on their way.”

He also gave a special thank you to Clarion Cycle Club members who supported the event, especially Phil Bradbury and Ian Eccleshall who acted as ‘tail end charlies’ to ensure everyone returned safely.

And he reserved a big thank you for Chris Moreman of  the Clarion Cycle Club, saying: “Without his stout effort and support the event would just not happen.

“Finally, thanks to all the riders who support our event each year.

“Here’s looking forward to the 2019 Turnpike Challenge.”

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