Tenth anniversary ride attracts 550+ cyclists
Hundreds of cyclists filled the roads around Sonning Common, for the tenth annual On Your Bike ride today. Children as young as four cycled the six mile route with their parents and friends, while some plucky five year olds managed twelve miles.
Reading FC’s former skipper, Ady Williams, was among the first riders to set off. Ady, who is now a Sports Presenter on BBC Radio Berkshire, cycled the 20 mile route. “I think a lot of people did the twenty miles. It was a beautiful morning. Fantastic scenery.” said Ady, “And so many families out. There were some challenging hills and a lot of the kids were out of the saddle and really going for it, so it was great.”
“What a brilliant idea this event is. Raising money for some great charities and it gets families out on a Sunday morning instead of everyone sitting at home looking at a computer, phone or gaming screen.”
The founder of On Your Bike, Penny Snowden, also cycled twenty miles, with her daughter Sophie who she says helped get her up the hills. “It’s been lovely.” said Penny. “Lots and lots of old friends meeting who did the ride years ago and off they went together and more people seem to be tackling the longer rides.”
“When we started On Your Bike we had no idea it would become an integral part of Sonning Common’s calendar. But we couldn’t do it without all our riders, and our amazing sponsors who put their hands in their pockets to help or give us their time and expertise every year without fail.”
This year 100% of all entry fees and monies raised in 2016 will be shared between Sonning Common Primary School, Sue Ryder and the Cardiac Care Unit at the Royal Berks.