The Westover Group supported the Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride – one of the charity’s biggest fundraisers in the region - again for 2018. It was the ride’s 30th year and the second time Westover Group had stepped in to help. A massive 615 cyclists took part, supported by 100 volunteers.
It is hoped that the event raised in the region of £60,000.
The event took place on Sunday 1st July and started from Corfe Mullen Recreation Ground. There were six different routes, each covering different distances so that as many people as possible could take part. The shortest covered 10 miles on cycle paths and local roads and there was also a 25 mile ride which took place in the beautiful Charborough Park estate; intermediate routes were 38, 48 and 63 miles; and there was a new and improved 100-mile route.
Westover jointly sponsored the event’s cycling jersey for the second year running and also provided two support cars to help make sure the cyclists returned to base safely.
Two members of the Westover team took part. Nicola Wright from marketing (who rode with her dad) and Jamie Nicholls, a sales advisor at Westover Toyota.
Jamie, who completed the 100 mile route in five hours and 55 minutes with an average speed of 17.2 mph and claimed sixth place, says: "My plan was to do it at a leisurely pace but I ended up going full gas! I was second until about mile 25, then fighting for third place until about mile 75 (which is the furthest I have ever gone in a day before) but I really struggled on the last bit."
The Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride was started in 1989 by Peter Smith-Nicholls, following the death of his father from cancer.
Forty-two people took part in the very first event, between them raising £2,500. Since then, the annual rides have raised in excess of £1 million for Macmillan Cancer Support, all of which has gone towards supporting people living with cancer.
Ride organiser, Peter Smith-Nicholls said: “Thanks to Westover and our other sponsors every penny our cyclists contributed for jerseys and entry fees goes to help people living with cancer.”
Mark Whittam, Westover’s Operational Director responsible for marketing added: “We were extremely pleased to support this fantastic fundraiser again.
"It’s a great event that gets people out in our stunning Dorset countryside and raises masses of money at the same time.”
Full support was given to the riders as they pedalled around Dorset. Marshalls, refreshments and bike mechanics were all on hand.
For more details, the website at www.macmillanbikeride.co.uk.