Memorable day for King’s Lynn’s Go Ride

A memorable day for Lynn’s Go Ride club saw members successfully cover the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats.

More than 60 cyclists helped the club complete 3,516 laps of the athletics track (874 miles) at Alive Lynnsport to raise money for the East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH).

Before their fundraising exploits, proud Go Ride members were presented with their well-earned Clubmark certificate by West Norfolk mayor David Whitby and regional Britsh Cycling coach Alison Lilley.

The weather was changeable, but that didn’t stop the enthusiastic riders, helpers and spectators having lots of fun.

The Go Ride juniors, enjoyed riding in the rain more than in the sunshine.

While the riders were on track, spectators and guests visited the stalls around the track edge, including a tombola, cake stall and jumble stall.

Guest riders from Leicester CC, who were doing their own charity event from Leicester to Heacham and back, Velo Watton and King’s Lynn MTB, were also involved.

A total of 60 riders, which included the mayor, helped Go Ride reach the total number of laps required.

Go Ride Juniors made up 20 of these and the 3,516 laps of the athletics track were completed by 4.45pm.

The riders, who were on the track at the end of the day, did a celebratory lap and the traditional line-up to celebrate their excellent achievements.

Once all sponsorship has been received, Go Ride hope to raise in the region of £650 for EACH.

Lynn Go Ride have now joined a select group of cycling clubs across the country to achieve British Cycling’s prestigious Go-Ride Clubmark status.

Clubmark is a universally-acknowledged cross sport scheme introduced by Sport England for community sports clubs which recognises high standards in welfare, equity, coaching and club management.

Clubs are required to submit a portfolio of evidence to show that they meet the relevant criteria, including suitably qualified volunteers, regular coaching sessions and club development plans.

Sessions at Go Ride run every Tuesday during school term time at 6pm and new riders are more than welcome to turn up and have a go.

For further information, visit the King’s Lynn Go Ride Facebook page.

For more information on British Cycling’s Clubmark accreditation process, visit: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/clubmark