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Harby cyclists gear up for epic bike ride this summer raising funds for homeless and vulnerable people

A group of cyclists are gearing up for an epic bike ride this summer.

Last year’s fundraiser was hampered by a number of challenges presented by social distancing, covid tiers, not being able to stay away overnight, and some people being hit by the virus.

However, more than £22,000 was raised to help the long-term homeless into safe accommodation and a more settled and secure life.

John Howard, from Harby, and Ady Coy, from Lincoln, outside Lincoln Cathedral last year. (44875743)
John Howard, from Harby, and Ady Coy, from Lincoln, outside Lincoln Cathedral last year. (44875743)

Local cyclists are invited to join the 2021 Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride – with lots of local historical links to Queen Eleanor in Lincoln, including the fragment of the cross in the grounds of Lincoln Castle and the Queen Eleanor visceral tomb in Lincoln Cathedral.

The team of cyclists includes Richard Croft and John Howard, from Harby.

The aim is to raise funds for The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields, which works with homeless and vulnerable people in central London.

The Friends of the Connection at St Martin’s urgently need money to help more people make a fresh start away from the streets.

The Connection is based a few yards from the site of one of the original Queen Eleanor crosses in Trafalgar Square.

The Connection’s outreach team is currently out on the streets every day, inviting people into their day centre and referring them to emergency accommodation.

Capacity has been increased to make sure even more people can get in the warm.

There’s a choice of options designed to reflect cycling ability and the covid guidelines.

The traditional route is 200 miles cycling from Harby, where Queen Eleanor died in 1290, and following the route of the Queen Eleanor Crosses, including the site in St Catherine’s, to Charing Cross in London.

The ride ends at Westminster Abbey.

All meals provided with accommodation in church and village halls. Thirty places are available, open to regular cyclists aged 18 or over. Younger cyclists can take part if accompanied by a responsible adult.

Those taking part cycle in small groups according to speed, led by a cyclist who is familiar with the route. These arrangements may be reviewed in the light of the latest covid situation.

Anyone not wanting to tackle the London ride can still take part by setting their own cycling goal.

Richard Croft, who is keen on the history of the crosses, said: “Hoping to be fit and ready but would like to think the sun shines this year. A great cause.”

The entry fee for the full ride is £80 before June 30 , and £95 after. The fee for taking part locally is £20.

Go to www.friendsoftheconnection.org.uk/events or contact Charles Woodd at charleswoodd46@gmail.com or on 07962 213494.

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