Sunday 16th September 2012
The Jennings Rivers Ride reveals some of the UK’s finest scenery and cycling terrain from the heart of the Lake District all the way out to the Irish Sea. It’s actually a series of three bike rides which start and finish in Keswick. It’s called the Rivers Ride because sections of the routes follow the affected river courses and criss-cross over many of the bridges that were either destroyed and replaced, or were badly damaged during the floods in 2009.
“The Jennings Rivers Ride is held to raise money for the charitable work of the Cumbria Community Foundation. We are at the heart of community life in Cumbria. We make grants to local charities and people in need. Our grants help young people and old people, the disabled and those recovering from illness. We support around 500 groups a year, examples include: Copeland Cancer Support Group, Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club, Harbour Youth Project and Age UK South Lakeland. The Rivers Ride is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and the involvement of over 80 volunteers. A proportion of every entry fee goes towards the charity, we hope you will help by making an additional donation or raising money through sponsorship.”
Three route distances for riders of all abilities –
- Family Ride 15km / 8.6 miles (1 Feed Station) – The route starts and finishes in Keswick at Fitz Park. The Family Ride, an all inclusive event that challenges youngsters (and their parents / guardians) to ride a distance of just over 8 miles through the beautiful North Lakes and taking in the rebuilt Newlands Beck Bridge.
- Middle Distance 57km / 35.8 miles (2 Feed Stations) – The route starts and finishes in Keswick at Fitz Park. The middle distance event a testing but achievable cycling challenge and the route will appeal to both cycling novices (with some preparation) and experienced riders alike. The route totals close to 40 miles of lovely Lakes roads, heading out towards Cockermouth crossing Ouse Bridge and returning via the rebuilt Lorton Bridge and finishing with a climb over Whinlatter Pass.
- Long Distance 145km / 85 miles (3 Feed Stations) – The route starts and finishes in Keswick at Fitz Park. The big day out ride is aimed to challenge the more experienced rider and heads all the way out to the Irish Sea at Workington via Cockermouth. If that was not already enough the riders return to Keswick via Honister, Newlands and Whinlatter passes to complete an epic ride of over 85 miles.
- Waymarked route
- Electronic timing
- Feed stations
- Free drink and cake for finishers
Website entry – Yes (entry page)
- Family Ride – £16.00 per rider
- Middle and Long Distance – £30.00 per rider