Sunday 22 June saw the 27th annual Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride take place at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont. Over 4,000 men, women, children and even some super heroes took part in the event, which was sponsored by Boots and organised by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Councillor Steve Carroll, Cabinet Member for Culture and Regeneration at the County Council said: “I would like to say a big thank you to all those who took part in the Bike Ride – it was a great day and I’m looking forward to being able to share with you how much we raised once all the sponsorship has been collected."

“I would also like to extend the County Council’s thanks to all those who helped organise the ride particularly the marshals who gave up their time to help out, our sponsors; Boots, our corporate challenge partners; Freeth Cartwright, the five charities, the Big Wheel, Land Rover and our media partners."

Riders were helped around the family lap challenge, 18, 50 and 100mile routes by 350 volunteer marshals, 5 fully trained mechanics, 6000 Boots sports drinks, 6,000 Boots energy bars and home made cakes at one of the six official refreshment stations along the routes.

The traditional 50 mile route attracted the highest number of riders, with 2,200 in total starting the event, and taking 40minutes to roll across the start line at Holme Pierrepont. A further 1,600, including many young children, did the 18mile route. 275 people started the new sportive route, braving gusts of wind that were reported to be up to 70 mph.

Some riders came in fancy dress, dressed up as various super heroes. Good spirits were maintained by the great live entertainment, food and drinks at the finish.

Money was being raised for five charities; Marie Curie Cancer Care, When You Wish Upon A Star, Geoff Thomas Foundation, Cerebral Palsy Sport and Rainbow Children’s Hospice.. Local businesses also took part in the Freeth Cartright Corporate Challenge where the winning business will be decided on the basis of total sponsorship raised.

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