IT IS always a special occasion when the Woking Bikeathon rolls into town.
With worthy beneficiaries such as Woking & Sam Beare Hospices and The Tommy D Project to name a couple, the annual parade of blazing saddles delivered an estimated £8,000 to local causes in rider registration fees alone.
This year’s event was particularly exciting as the Kids’ Bikeathon hit top gear for the first time. Youngsters rode a short but challenging circuit around Woking Park, but weren’t restricted to two wheels like mum and dad, so trikes and pushchairs joined in the fun.
Organised by the Woking Rotary Club the Bikeathon was “Not a race but a sponsored fun ride”, as Rotarian and chief organiser Terry Smith pointed out. “It was a brilliant day with nearly 900 riders taking part. The Kids’ Bikeathon was superb and I would encourage every parent to bring their child along next year.”
New routes were also chosen for this year’s event, which provided both for the more athletic participants and those of lower stamina, by giving a choice of long and short road circuits of 27 and 17 miles respectively. Terry was quick to share the credit, and said: “The 80 marshals were the unsung heroes of the day and this couldn’t happen without the close group of people around me.
“Our four sponsors (Trident Honda, Freedom Leisure, Barlowe Robbins and Bourne Valley Garden Centre) have covered the cost of our fees, meaning that 99.9 per cent of money raised can go to local charities. The council have also been outstanding, letting us use Woking Leisure Centre for free.”
There is still time to make a donation, and anyone wanting to aid the cause can do so at www.wokingbikeathon.co.uk/sponsorship.