In the saddle for a charity

KEVIN Fox  with Pat and Jackie Manuel from the Wet Rock N Ride cycle shop

KEVIN Fox with Pat and Jackie Manuel from the Wet Rock N Ride cycle shop

CYCLISTS galore have signed up for a challenge which will see them raising vital funds for heart research,

Two hundred people have already put their names down for the Hartlepool Cycling Sportive. It is a new event which could become an annual attraction.

The fundraising fun will see cyclists tackling routes of either 20 or 50 miles which includes a King of the Mountains challenge. There will also be a shorter five-mile family fun ride.

The cost of taking part ranges from £20 for the longest route to £5 for the family fun ride.

All the fun happens on Sunday, July 27, from Seaton Carew Cricket Club in Hornby Drive from 8am onwards.

Hartlepool woman Gemma Fox, from the Rift House area of town, said: “The idea for the ride was originally thought of by myself to raise some money for The British Heart Foundation. This was after my nan Joan Wadrop suffered a heart attack last year.”

Gemma said Joan, 78, also from Rift House, was now doing really well following some amazing surgery and fantastic care from the University Hospital of Hartlepool and James Cook Hospital. “I felt I wanted to both raise some awareness and some money to support the charity’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal to help their ongoing research into preventing and treating heart disease” she added.

Gemma’s husband Kevin Fox is organising the event. She said: “Cycling has gone from strentgth to strength in the UK since the Olympics and and it has been further spurred on by this year’s UK grand depart of the Tour De France, so what better way to raise money then to get out on your bike with 200-plus like minded people.”

Gemma said the support of local businesses, especially the Hartlepool cycle store WetRock N Ride had been fantastic.

“Hartlepool Families First are suppling gazebos and refreshments for sale on the morning of the ride. Seaton Carew Cricket club have been amazing in allowing us to use their facilities to run the ride from,” she added.

A limited number of places are still available and those interested can either register at the cricket club on the day from 7.30am, call in at the Hartlepool store Personaleyez in York Road, or visit the British Cycling website at




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