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Posted on August 25 2011 at 12:54:36

Blackwell Challenge cyclists

A group of cyclists, all members of Blackwell Club, recently embarked on the latest Blackwell Challenge in aid of three charities.

The ride was split into two routes, with 29 riders completing 102 miles from Bristol to Blackwell and 11 riders completing a 55-mile ride from Malvern to Blackwell via Tewkesbury, where the two groups met up to cycle the last 30 miles together through quiet country lanes.

It was exactly ten years ago that several members of the 2011 group undertook the original challenge, which was to cycle from Cardiff to Blackwell in aid of three charities: County Air Ambulance, Clic Sargent Cancer Care and Edward’s Trust.

Since 2001 there have been eight Blackwell Challenges and during this time £82,000 has been raised for the three nominated charities. It is hoped that this year’s event will enable the group to reach their £100,000 target.

In an update after the ride, group organiser Ivan Beavis advised that everyone achieved their individual targets arriving back safely, apart from the inevitable aches and pains. He went on to thank everyone who helped to make the ride possible and also to all the sponsors.

The cyclists had the fantastic support of a back-up crew, without which the rides would not have been possible.

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