Cyclists from Lowton and Golborne were among more than 200 riders who pedalled from Manchester to Blackpool on Sunday, to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
The 63-mile route took the riders through Trafford, Leigh Aspull, Haigh, Standish and Preston before reaching the seaside at Blackpool.
Each participant had their own reason for taking part – and for some it was a real family affair. That was true for cousins Andy Randall, 46, from Golborne, Keith Edisbury, 56, from Hindley Green and Stephen Randall, 36, from Orrell, who were among the riders.
Keith said: “It’s a family reunion – we don’t see each other very often. When I retired I started work at Wigan Council and there’s a few blokes there who do the bike ride who encouraged me to do it so I signed up these two as well.”
Meanwhile, the Carylls Boys team rode in memory of Caryll Ainscough from Leigh. The team consisted of her son Paul Ainscough and son-in-law Glyn as well as her grandsons Brandon Ainscough, Jamie Ainscough, Matthew Gough and Connor Gough. The family have raised over £600 for the hospice.
Caryll’s daughter Julie Shawcross, 47, from Lowton, turned up at the first Wigan and Leigh Hospice rest stop in Aspull to cheer on her family. She said: “Mum was on the Inpatient Unit for a week just before she died at home. She was very stressed and the hospice helped to relieve that. One of the hospice nurses, Bernie, came around and when mum needed it Bernie referred her to the Inpatient Unit.”
Well done to all those who took part in the race – and those who supported the riders by lining the route, providing refreshments, or just turning out to cheer and clap.
Now the hospice will be waiting to see how much the event has raised for their vital work, which has benefitted and touched the lives of many people in Lowton and Golborne over the years – and will continue to do so, thanks to fundraising efforts like these.
Main photo (at top): Paul Monk, 54, from Southport; Mandy Lawrenson, 44, from Lowton; Gary Hickson, 47 from Leigh; Steven Rylands, 49 from Lower Ince; Chris Morton, 71 from Ashton; Elaine Farmer, 43 from Leigh and Francine Williams, 46, from Lowton.
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