Cycling club to go the extra mile to raise charity money

From left, Robert Brown, Mike Challis, Mike Smallwood, Sam Hurdus, Laura Quirke (kneeling), Alison Rose-Quirie, Mike Walsh.
From left, Robert Brown, Mike Challis, Mike Smallwood, Sam Hurdus, Laura Quirke (kneeling), Alison Rose-Quirie, Mike Walsh.

An appeal has been put out for amateur cyclists to take part in a charity event organised by the Daventry Cycling Club.

The inaugural event will be held on Sunday, June 28 and is called the Daventry Cycling Club charity sportive.

There will be at least 200 cyclists – from family groups to long distance riders – who will be able to explore the local lanes and villages weaving between Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

Riders are able to choose between 20-, 50- or 100-kilometre routes dependent on their abilities.

Laura Quirke from the cycling club, said: “I am keen on drumming up enthusiasm for a local community first with this event.”

All of the proceeds will be going to The Myton Hospices, a collection of hospices based in Rugby, Warwick and Coventry. The hospices helps terminally ill people and their families but it need nearly £9 million every year to keep going.

Mrs Quirke has personal reasons for wanting to support the hospices.

She said: “Myton has a particular resonance for me, as my mother and long-time Daventry resident Margaret Ridley spent the last month of her life at Myton’s Warwick hospice last September – and the care they provided was second to none.

“I think everyone should be able to have the care and be treated with the dignity she experienced at the end of her life.”

The event is registered with and supported by British Cycling, and as of this week is being advertised on its website, which gets one million visitors every month.

The finishing touches are being put together for the event and the organisers also have a number of sponsorship opportunities.

It is hoped that local businesses within the community will be able to sponsor the event.

There are a number of different sponsorship packages including gold, silver, mechanics and goodwill packages which vary in cost from £250 to £1,5000.

The entry fee varies between £8 and £12 depending on the length of the route.

There is also a family ticket for two adults and three child with an entrance fee of £20.

For further information or to take part in the event contact Mrs Quirke by emailing

Alternatively people can follow the event on Twitterwith the handle @CycleForMyton, or they can visit where regular updates for the event will be posted.

Details are also available at