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Tilnar Cycling Challenge 2016

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Tilnar Cycle Challenge Press Release - June 2016

The second annual Tilnar Cycle Challenge took place on Sunday 26th June 2016.  It was a great success which is expected to have helped raise in excess of £10,000 for charities across the UK and beyond  through entry donations and personal sponsorship. The Challenge inspired people around the country and across the world, no matter what age, size or ability to get on their bikes and see how far they could cycle. The premise of the challenge was simple to INSPIRE people to see how far they could cycle in one day between 6 am and 9 pm for charity.  The Tilnar Cycle Challenge raised money directly for 3 charities, Cancer Research UK, Porridge and Rice & Re~Cycle by donating £9.00 of each £12.95 adult entry fee and £3.00 of every £4.95 child entry fee to the charity selected by the entrant.  The challengers also had the opportunity to raise sponsorship for their own favourite charity.  Entries were up nearly 50% on last year with hundreds of riders taking part from 10 different countries across the world including riders from Australia, America, Germany and Kenya.
The Tilnar Cycle Challenge inspired riders of all ages and abilities to take part and many cycled further than they had ever cycled before. The stories received from many of the 2016 challengers are truly inspirational.  One of the challengers, Corinne Black, climbed over 18,000 feet in a 155 mile ride.  One of our international challengers, Archie May, rode 156 miles in the ride organised by 1000 Rides for the Tilnar Cycle Challenge from Nairobi to Namanga in Kenya. The Female Hall of Fame Distance Champion was Gina Cleere who rode 225 miles whilst riding laps of a 7 mile course around a reservoir.  The Male Hall of Fame Distance Champion, Lee Christie, cycled 254.5 miles from Southend to Bicester in Oxfordshire and back in the day.  One of our favourite stories came from two 6 year olds who, whilst riding 11 miles in the challenge, were heard to say "keep going, it wouldn't be called a challenge if it was easy”! See the website www.tilnarcyclechallenge.org, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/tilnarcyclechallenge & www.facebook.com/groups/TilnarCycleChallengers  to read more of the inspirational stories that we are already receiving. Some Schools and pre-schools also got involved in the 2016 Tilnar Cycle Challenge and used it as a great way to raise funds for their school.  21 pre-school children rode 1 mile in the Tilnar Cycle Challenge and a group of around 40 children from one Primary School cycled over 150 miles between them in 90 minutes in their Tilnar Cycle Challenge. The Tilnar Cycle Challenge was the idea of Tom Hawes, a keen cyclist and the owner of the Fair Trade supplier, Tilnar Art, who gives his time to run the Tilnar Cycle Challenge. Tom was thrilled with the success of the event in its second year and how it continues to grow.  He said, “After the huge success of the Tilnar Cycle Challenge this year, I am confident it will continue to grow into the huge one day celebration of cycling that becomes one of the main targets for cyclists of all ages and abilities.  The inspirational stories and positive feedback we have received, from cyclists of all ages and abilities, means we are sure the challenge is going to keep growing into an inspiring sporting event that will raise tens of £1,000s for charity over the coming years.”  Tom hopes that the inspiration stories will mean many more will Get Inspired by and Get Involved in the Tilnar Cycle Challenge next year. The Tilnar Cycle Challenge is very grateful to its 2016 sponsors, Hamilton Carpets, Bike Bible, John Sear Estate Agents and www.its.co.uk See you in 2017!