A RECORD number of people took to their saddles for an annual charity event on Sunday.
Despite the rain almost 1,100 riders turned out to support Cycle 4 Cynthia at Althorp House.
The ride, which has raised almost £200,000 for the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support in the county since it began eight years ago, was opened by BBC Radio presenter Jo Whiley.
After firing the starting gun Jo said: “It really was the most wonderful atmosphere with everyone keen to do their bit in support of these two fantastic charities.”
BBC Radio Northampton afternoon presenter John Griff and Saints coach Jim Mallinder also got on their bikes for the causes.
Peter Semler from Blakesley also cycled 25 miles on his penny farthing.
Last year the event raised £47,000 with this year’s total still being calculated.