Cyclists of all ages and abilities took part in the Island leg of the 100 Here 100 There event on Sunday to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.
Over 140 cyclists – including the Island’s chief fire officer Steve Apter – took part in the ‘100 Here’ ride, cycling a choice of two routes – either 100 kilometres or 100 miles, starting and finishing at Ryde Fire Station.
The rides passed Sandown and East Cowes fire stations which were used as feeding stations, along with Yarmouth Institute and Ventnor Botanic Gardens, where refreshments were available for those taking part.
The ride followed the recent marathon effort of firefighters Kelvin Wright and Lee Venier who together cycled up and over 111 mountains in the Alps over ten days – the ‘100 There’ element of the charity challenge.
Though the overall event has been organised by the IW Fire and Rescue Service – with support from various organisations and businesses including main sponsor GKN – Sunday’s 100 Here ride was open to all.
Organisers are confident that this weekend’s ride will have taken the overall 100 here 100 there total well over the £20,000 mark. Money raised will go to the Wessex Cancer Trust as well as supporting Island charity Seeds4Change and the Firefighters Charity.
Organiser, Kelvin Wright, said:
“It was great to see so many people out on their bikes on Sunday to support our fundraising challenge. The charities we are supporting are really important to us and we are delighted to announce that with the amount raised so far and the hard work of everyone involved in the Wessex Cancer Trust, the cancer support centre in Lugley Street, Newport will now be open earlier than expected on Friday 5 July providing a valuable service to Isle of Wight cancer patients and their families.
“Thank you to everyone who has taken part or donated to these worthy causes.”
For more information about the ‘100 Here, 100 There’ challenge, please visit https://iow100.btck.co.uk/.