Date: Sunday 12th May 2024

Start time: Staggered from 7.30am

Distance: Short, Medium or Long

Location: St Giles Hospice, Whittington, WS14 9LH

Entry: Starting from £35

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Support us from your saddle this spring!

Whether you’re a regular rider or new to cycling, we’d love you to support us from your saddle this Spring and help celebrate the 10th anniversary of our St Giles Cycle events.

Cycle Spring will start and finish at our Hospice site in Whittington on Sunday 12th May 2024, with start times staggered from 7.30am.

With three routes to choose from, each with varying degrees of difficulty, you won’t struggle to find a cycle to suit you or the whole family! Children aged 10+ can join our Short route, whilst everyone aged 16+ can join our Medium and Long routes.

Entry closes at 10am on Friday 10th May 2024.

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Route information

Short route

(ages 10+)

Approx. 30 miles

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A nice route that isn’t short on climbs but has some lovely flats too. It leaves St Giles Hospice and heads out on flat roads to Elford, before turning right, then left and a short sharp climb that leads you to Harleston. It’s then on to Edingale and Croxall before turning right, passing Catton Hall and then turning right up a short sharp climb and on to Rosliston.  From here it’s through Coton in the Elms and on to the feed station at Netherseal. After the feed station, we take a steady climb up Clifton Road before turning left and the junction and pretty much free wheel all the way to Clifton Campville. From Clifton Campville it’s a straight run to Haunton, then down Syerscote Lane to Wigginton then over to Hopwas for a final climb before turning right at the barracks and back into Whittington for well-deserved food and medals.

Medium route

(ages 16+)

Approx. 48 miles

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A nice route that leaves St Giles Hospice and heads out on flat roads to Elford, before turning right, then left and a short sharp climb that leads you to Harleston. It’s then on to Edingale and Croxall before turning right, passing Catton Hall and then turning right up a short sharp climb and on to Rosliston. From here it’s through Coton in the Elms and on to the feed station at Netherseal. After the feed station, it’s a steady pedal to the junction with the A444 at Acresford. After crossing the treble four, that’s a short climb before turning left and heading to Donisthorpe. You’ll pass through Willesley and just after the Golf Club take a right turn crossing over the A42 and cycling through Packington and then on to Swepstone. From Swepstone it’s over to Snarestone and then first climbing, then descending into Appleby Magna and on to Austrey where you’ll encounter the second food stop. From Austrey it’s a short ride over to Warton, then a right turn takes you up to Shuttington and up to the B5493 where you’ll turn on to Browns Lane and meet up with any riders still out on the short route. From Wiggington you head along Coton Lane to Hopwas and a good climb before turning right at the barracks and back into Whittington for well-deserved food and medals.

Long route

(ages 16+)

Approx. 80 miles

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A nice long route that leaves the biggest climb till last. As with the short and medium routes you follow the route from St Giles Hospice and head out on flat roads to Elford, before turning right, then left and a short sharp climb that leads you to Harleston. It’s then on to Edingale and Croxall before turning right, passing Catton Hall, and then turning right up a short sharp climb and on to Rosliston. From here it’s through Coton in the Elms and on to the feed station at Netherseal. After the feed station, it’s a steady pedal to the junction with the A444 at Acresford. After crossing the treble four, that’s a short climb before turning left and heading to Donisthorpe. You’ll pass through Willesley and just after the Golf Club take a right turn crossing over the A42 and cycling through Packington. Following Measham Road, out of Packington, you’ll turn left onto the B4116 then left again down Swepstone Road and leaving the medium route riders you’ll head down to Newton Burgoland. It’s then up to Heather, through Ibstock and on to Ellistown before dropping down to Bagworth and then on to the second feed station at Thornton. Passing the Forest Hill Golf and Country Club, you’ll pedal through Botcheston before turning right in Newton Unthank. The miles are then eaten up as you take in Desford, Peckleton and Kirby Mallory, passing the racing circuit as you head down to Barwell before winding your way through Stoke Golding and Higham on the Hill. We now head back north to Market Bosworth, before turning left by the marketplace and a lovely downhill road that takes you all the way to the final food stop before going on to Wellsborough and then to Sheepy Magna. From Sheepy, it’s a lovely ride to Orton on the Hill, on to Warton and then you pick up the medium route riders as you head back via Shuttington, Wiggington and then final climb of the day at Hopwas. A right turn at the barracks sees you arrive back into Whittington for well-deserved food and medals.

Why get sponsored for your cycle?

Supporters taking part in our Cycle St Giles events over the last nine years have raised more than £486,000 to fund care for local people, which is truly amazing!

Did you know…

£28 could pay for 1 hour of one-to-one nursing care for a patient
£40 could pay for 1 hour of our Advice and Referrals team
£202 could pay for visits to a patient in their own home by our community nurses

Volunteer for us?

We rely on volunteers to help run our fundraising events and Cycle Spring simply couldn’t take place without your support!

From setting up the event to marshalling the course, if you could help (or know someone that could), please register your interest here.

Thank you so much.

We’re here for you… because you’re here for us

Sam Coxon has shared his story to help raise awareness of the importance of fundraising and thank St Giles for the care given to his dad, Tony, at the end of his life.

Special thanks to the following companies for supporting Cycle Spring 2024: