Cycle Spring – Cancelled
The current situation we find ourselves in as a country is unprecedented and we understand what a worrying time it is for everybody.
The health and wellbeing of all our patients, hospice visitors, volunteers, supporters and staff is our top priority and we are taking all necessary precautions to keep our services open for the people who need us most.
In light of the Government advice announced on 23rd March, we have taken the necessary step to cancel Cycle Spring 2020.
We hope you can understand that we have no other choice but to cancel this event in the best interests of our cyclists and wider community. We know you were all keen to continue, however the decision has been made as the most responsible course of action – we are truly sorry.
We know how hard some of you have worked to raise funds and train – and how disappointing it is for activities and events to be cancelled. However it is clear that staying active is really important at this time and riding a bike is a great way to aid your physical and mental health.
With that in mind, we are hoping all your hard work and dedication won’t go to waste as we have provided the Cycle Spring 2020 routes below and hope you will use your daily exercise to get on your bike for St Giles.
We’ve never needed you more than we need you today. As the donations we rely on to continue our work are being seriously affected, we really hope the people that have sponsored you will be happy for their donations to still come to the hospice despite this cancellation and you are still able to donate funds raised.
Understandably the coronavirus is the focus of everyone’s attention, but we cannot forget that other people in our community are facing their own challenges and we must make sure that we are still here for them when they need us most. Thank you for your continued support.
To donate, please visit www.stgileshospice.com/donate
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Fundraising Team on 01543 432538.
To read our full hospice statement regarding COVID-19 and our services, please visit www.stgileshospice.com/coronavirus.
What do I do if I was already registered?
If you had a place in Cycle Spring 2020 we can offer 5 options:
- Every cyclist will be able to transfer their place to our Cycle Spring event on Sunday 9th May 2021 without any further payment.
- Every cyclist will have the opportunity to transfer their Cycle Spring place to our Cycle Autumn event, taking place Sunday 6th September 2020. Despite this event having a higher entry price, we will offer a transfer at no extra cost for those who confirm they wish to transfer by midnight on 10th April 2020.
- Below are the GPX links for each of the three routes and you can still raise sponsorship and participate in the event at your own time and pace.
- If you choose not to participate, every cyclist can still kindly donate their place and any sponsorship raised to St Giles Hospice.
- Every cyclist who chooses not to take part (or is unable to do so) in Cycle Autumn 2020 or Cycle Spring 2021 will be offered a refund of their 2020 entry fee or, if they are happy to, can kindly donate their place to St Giles Hospice (see option 4).
You do not need to take any action at this stage and will be contacted in the coming weeks so you can inform us of how you would like to proceed.
You could still complete one of our three routes:
27 mile route: From Whittington, you’ll pedal out toward Elford and then on to Harlaston, before you head to Edingale and Croxall. Turning right toward Walton on Trent, you’ll pass Catton Hall as you make your way to the first food stop at The Swan Inn. Climb out of Walton and head out to Rosliston and along undulating leafy lanes to Netherseal and another chance to have a snack or two. There follows a descent in to Clifton Campville and back through Haunton and Harleston, back to Whittington.
40 mile route: Eleven miles of relatively flat roads to Walton on Trent are followed by a climb to Netherseal and the food stop. Following is the biggest climb of the ride at Orton on the Hill, a very short, steep ascent that averages around 14% gradient. Take in the breathtaking views along Warton Lane before a lovely long descent in to the village of Warton. Then it’s onwards to Shuttington, through Wiggington and Harleston, before a return to Whittington.
75 mile route: A flat run to Walton on Trent followed by the undulating roads of South Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The food stop at Netherseal comes before the steep climb at Orton on the Hill. From Twycross and in to Warwickshire, enjoy the quaint villages of Newton Burgoland and Barton in the Beans. Turning back through Congerestone and the country roads toward Shuttington and Wiggington and up to Clifton Campville. Undulating roads are followed by the final few flat miles to Whittington.
We’re here for you… because you’re here for us
“My father in law felt comfortable there and the staff were so attentive. I felt a cycle was a way I could give something back whilst doing something I enjoy.”
Phil Langham took part in his first Cycle St Giles event last September to thank staff for looking after his father-in-law before his death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
“Cycling is a very sociable thing to do and knowing we were all riding for such a good cause gave us a real boost.
“I support St Giles Hospice because it’s such a lovely place. My father in law felt comfortable there and the staff were really good. They always did what they could to help and the nurses were brilliant, really attentive.”
Phil will be returning to ride at other cycling events for us this year and hopes you’ll join him. “I would definitely encourage people to take part in a cycling challenge for St Giles. It’s a great way to get some exercise and see the countryside and there’s a ride for people of all abilities – you can be as adventurous as you like!”
Join Phil by fundraising for St Giles and help us to support local people and their families living with a terminal illness.