The 2014 Tommy Godwin challenge
Over 200 cyclists set off from the hospice in Marsh Lane on a beautiful Sunday in September to tackle either the 30km family route or the full 100km distance. The routes took the riders round the lanes of Warwickshire and Worcestershire before returning to the hospice to make use of the café.
“My partner did the family ride…. And is absolutely buzzing about it”
“Truly fabulous event and the route was lovely”
“My first sportive, fantastic stuff, am very happy (but sore!)”
“Great route, well signposted and lovely food stop”
These were some of the positive comments from riders after they had completed their rides along with other compliments about the weather that were obviously beyond our control. For those tackling the longer ride, refreshments were available at Great Alne village hall which raised almost £200 for Eye Survive . These were provided by volunteers from Red Kite Cycles who also provided a broom wagon driving behind the last rider. They were then able to assist any rider who experienced a mechanical problem.
Having enjoyed a scenic ride out riders were faced with three stiff challenges on the way back. The first was the climb from Feckenham up to Astwood Bank. This was followed by another long climb up Hardwick Lane past Studley Castle. Then from Ullenhall the final hill was Forde Hall Lane back into Tanworth in Arden. But they were rewarded with a rare view of the church in the distance beyond rolling fields.
Tommy’s daughter Kay was on hand to welcome the riders home and several riders from his last club, Solihull Cycling Club, took part in the 100km event including Harry Reynolds, like Tommy a local Olympic medal winner (silver in 1956).
Youngest rider at the 30km distance was Thomas Chaplin from Tanworth in Arden and who is only 9 years old but completed the ride with his father.
A team of postgraduates from the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at Birmingham University was on hand to take blood samples from volunteers before and after the 100km ride as part of a study into how the body’s antioxidant defences change during a cycling sportive.
For those who finished with aching muscles Clair Andrews, a sports therapist who runs Sports Therapy Clair, was on hand to supply a soothing massage and tips on stretching raising, £77.50 for Marie Curie.
The total amount raised from the entry fees, donations and personal fundraising was £5,696. Thanks to support from Red Kite Cycles, over 90% of the entry fees were donated to the hospice.
Results for 100km Photos from both events