The Wooler Wheel organisers have just announced that their next Borderlands Cycle Sportive on May 11th 2019 will raise money for the Being Active Project run by Mental Health Matters.
The Sportive offers 170km, 100km and 60km rides plus a Junior event of 30km for accompanied under 16s. The Borderlands event has been running since 2014 and has had over 2,500 entries to date. The different distances offered mean that everyone can take part and help raise money for a worthy cause.
Janet Pibworth, organiser for the Wooler Wheel events said “everyone involved in the Wooler Wheel events have long known the benefit to individuals of being active and being outdoors and nothing bring those two things together better than a bike ride in the beautiful Scottish and North Northumberland countryside.
So we’re especially pleased to be able to support a local project which aims to connect people struggling with their mental health with volunteer ‘buddies’ who can get help them get involved with a physical activity, improving their mental and physical wellbeing”.
Nicola Todhunter, Central Business Co-Ordinator for Mental Health Matters said “We’re proud to be based in the North-East and supported by local people., Their generosity will have a real impact not only in this region but across England. It’s particularly meaningful when the support comes a sporting group”.
Nicola continued “at MHM we’ve long known and promoted the benefits that getting active can have on your mental health, whatever sport you do. From all at MHM, a huge ‘thank you’ to the Wooler Wheel riders for their support!”
Whichever ride you choose you are guaranteed a great time and treats along the way with the feed and water stations providing tasty treats such as flapjacks, jelly babies, fruit bars and bananas. And when you’ve finished there’s a welcome sit down and a hot meal, which, as many a rider will tell “it’s worth doing the ride just for the steak pie and mushy peas”.
And for those taking part in the Junior 30k for under 16s there’s a really special treat because Doddington Dairy sponsor the ride so everyone gets one of their famous ice creams at the half way point in Lowick.
Lastly, the real treat for those who can take their eyes off the tarmac are the fantastic views of the beautiful countryside both in North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
So make sure your gears are working properly as you’ll need them all as all routes have some challenging hills from the first one a few miles from the start to the ascents at Whitten Edge for those on the 170km and Flodden Edge for those of you taking on the 170m or 100km.
But don’t worry if you do get mechanical problems as Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative will be on hand to get you going again and there’s very few problems they can’t fix. And we can always come and pick you up if it all gets too much.
And if cycling isn’t really you can still help us to raise money for a really worthwhile cause by being a marshal on the day itself.