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Cyclists taking part in the Derby Spring Classic Sportive event on Sunday April 23 and the North Derbyshire Challenge in September will be raising money for two local charities.
Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre was the nominated charity for last year’s two sportives which are organised by Cycle Derby and HUUB Events. They will continue to be supported this year alongside Ashgate Hospice Care which provides support, care and specialist therapy services to people in their own homes across North Derbyshire as well as at the hospice in Chesterfield.
Christine Selden, Fundraising Manager for Ashgate Hospice Care explained: “We need to raise £7 million every year to run the hospice and to provide our services free of charge to the people of North Derbyshire who are living with a life-limiting illness.
“We care for about 2,200 people a year but we know that the figure is nearer 3,000 who need our care. “With the support of the public and now participants in the Derby Spring Classic Sportive, we can continue to care for patients and get close to our goal of reaching everyone who needs us.”
Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre in Skegness, which celebrated its 125th anniversary last year, provides hundreds of under-privileged youngsters with five-day on the east coast.
Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre Chairman Bill Tomlinson said: “We had a great response from the Sportive entrants last year and hope for their continued support at this year’s events. “Our aim is to enable more deserving young people, some of whom are having trouble in their home lives and who may never even have had a holiday, to enjoy a much needed break by the sea, and create a sustainable future for the centre.”
On April 23, cyclists of all ages and abilities have the choice of three distances – 40k, 80k and 160k – starting and finishing at Markeaton Park with routes around South Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.
Geldards law firm in Derby are also sponsoring the Team Challenge event which is an opportunity for groups of up to ten cyclists to work together in an attempt to travel the greater distance. The team with the greatest total distance will take home the coveted Geldards Team Challenge title. Mark Smith from Cycle Derby said: “More than 900 riders joined the Spring Classic Sportive last year and we are on course to match and, hopefully, exceed entries this year.
“The Derby Spring Classic Sportive has something for everyone with three different distance routes and we have also introduced a King/Queen of the Mountain challenge for those undertaking the longer distances. “As well as seasoned cyclists, we are attracting a lot of people and young families who are new to the sport which meets our objective of getting more people active. “In addition, Cycle Derby will be organising a range of family activities in Markeaton Park to introduce young people to cycling and encourage a new generation to catch the cyclingb bug!”
For more information on how to support these charities and to enter the Derby Spring Classic Sportive, please visit www.huubevents.com
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Nearly 500 people braved the cold and rain to take part in the fourth annual Great Northern running event in Mickleover on Sunday. The half marathon, 10k and 2k family fun run was organised again by Mickleover Cricket Club and Derby-based HUUB Events. It was named after and took part along part of the disused Great Northern railway line in Mickleover.
The first medal of the day was awarded to the 2k winner Josh Cotton (11) from Mickleover who was followed by runners of all ages and abilities.
There was then a short wait for the 10k runners to come over the finishing line with the top spot going to Joe Parkin (16) from Belper who was closely followed by Mike Bottom (25) from Littleover.
Joe, who is a member of Amber Valley and Erewash Athletic Club, said: “I am over the moon with this result. It was my first 10k race and I had hoped to do well but never thought I would actually win. “My next challenge is to do a half marathon so this will spur me on to step up my training schedule.”
First over the finishing line in the half marathon was Daniel Wilson (35) who is a member of Sinfin Running Club and notched up a winning time of one hour 19 minutes. He said: “The weather has not been very kind to us and the route was pretty muddy with all the rain but I enjoyed it never the less and it was good training for the Manchester Marathon which I am entering later this year.”
Claire Duffin, Race Director at HUUB Events, said: “The GNR is fast becoming a popular date in the local running calendar and we attracted entries from across the Midlands. “We are delighted that the rain did not deter people on the day and some fast times were recorded in both the 10k and half marathon.”
The event was supported by a wide range of businesses including Inchcape, MBS construction, Springs Cleaning, Jewson, Field Supplies, Mobile Solutions, Skechers Performance, High 5, Volvic and HUUB Design – enabling funds on the day to go to Mickleover Cricket Club’s junior section.
Mickleover Cricket Club chairman Adrian Heaton concluded: “We have been delighted with the turn out again this year from the people of Mickleover and the wider running community. “There is always a great atmosphere at this event and the money raised will go towards enabling more local young people to enjoy the fantastic sport of cricket.”
For more information about future events, please visit www.huubevents.com and results are available at www.onyourmarksevents.org
Geldards has re-pledged its support for Derby’s two major cycling sportive events this year.
Pride Park-based law firm Geldards will work with organisers Cycle Derby and HUUB Events to stage the Team Challenge events – which are popular elements of the Spring Classic Sportive on Sunday April 23 and the North Derbyshire Challenge on Sunday September 17.
The Spring Classic will start and finish at Markeaton Park. Riders will take on one of three routes – 40km, 80km or 160km around Derbyshire and East Staffordshire. In addition, a King/Queen of the Mountain challenge will be included for the first time with a special prize for those wishing to take part.
The Team Challenge is an opportunity for groups of up to ten cyclists to work together in a bid to travel the greatest distance. The team with the greatest total distance or the fastest KoM/QoM in case of a tie, will take home the coveted Geldards’ Team Challenge title. Geldards will also host a hospitality area at Markeaton Park with exclusive access for Team Challenge riders throughout the day.
David Williams, Chairman at Geldards, said: “Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and Geldards is proud to be supporting an event that will build upon Derby’s ambition to become a cycling city. “As a proactive member of the Derby business community and a keen cyclist myself, I hope that teams of friends and colleagues will take up the challenge to get on their bikes and crank up some miles.” Mark Smith from Cycle Derby said: “The Spring Classic Sportive is set to be the biggest ever cycling event in Derby and we are delighted that Geldards have once again come on board to help us stage the events this year.
“The Spring Classic Sportive has something for everyone with three different distance routes. As well as seasoned cyclists, we are attracting a lot of people and young families who are new to the sport which meets our objective of getting more people active”.
Claire Duffin is Race Director for HUUB Events. She continued: “The response in the past couple of months since we opened entries for the Sportive shows that Derby is well and truly a cycling city. “Entries are also coming in from cyclists from further afield which is great news for the city as they come here with their family and friends for an enjoyable day out.”
To enter the Spring Sportive, visit www.cyclederbysportive.co.uk.
The sporting event will raise money for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre and Ashgate Hospice Care.