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Healthspan GBG NightRide 2014 is Biggest Ever!

Night Riders Cycle more than 10,500 miles, raising £9,000 for Guernsey charities:

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A unique charity event organised by Healthspan and the Guernsey Bicycle Group saw 377 sponsored night riders cover 10,325 miles in total, more than the distance from Guernsey to Beijing and back, cycling in the dark, on decorated and well lit bikes, raising funds for two local charities.

A staggering £9000 has been raised to date, shared equally between the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation and Autism Guernsey.

The competition prize winners in the five ‘best of bike’ categories were ‘The Dragon’, Doric, and his young son Sebastian Steer, for the best fancy dressed cyclists for the second year running; Frenchman – Michel Bigeard won the best decorated bike; and the most unusual went to Bob Nicolle for his penny farthing; Shane Le Poidevin wowed the judges with his black bike complete with multi-coloured lights and the best creative under 16 cyclist was twelve year old Elodie as a bumble bee. Prizes sponsored by Ian Browns, Millards, Adventure Cycles , Cycle World and Healthspan were awarded to the winners on the night. The most money raised by a corporate team is still being finalised for the GBG Rosebowl award.

Rollo de Sausmarez, Chairman of GBG commented: “ We were bowled over by the turn-out to our event, which like the Guernsey Bicycle Group had something for everyone- from “lycra clad racers” to “shopping bike potterers”. The 377 participants not only raised money for charity, they exemplified the fun and camaraderie that people enjoy every time they get on their bikes.”

Healthspan’s Corporate Relations Manager added: “It was brilliant to see so many participants and our thanks go to everyone involved in the evening that helped make it fun, atmospheric and memorable, along with the participants, in particular all the volunteers and helpers.

The support of Guernsey Police, the Civil Protection Team for lighting the car park, and Vistas Café and many more all contributed to the success of the event and the tremendous fund raising achieved for our two nominated local charities.