Village’s annual cycle ride sees hundreds jump into the saddle

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MORE than 220 cyclists raised cash for charity at an annual village bike ride.

For the first time, the Denmead Cycle Ride was held on a Saturday, in a bid to boost numbers.

Some of the entrants in the annual Denmead Cycle Ride

Some of the entrants in the annual Denmead Cycle Ride

And with 225 people starting from the Harvest Home pub on the day, it managed exactly that, raising money for Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal.

Mike Thwaites is the chairman of the organising committee.

He said: ‘It always was my aim to turn it into a village event and I think we achieved that.

‘Luckily the weather managed to stay relatively dry.’

Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal pays for luxury caravans in memory of 10-year-old Hannah Westbrook, who died in 2004 from Hodgkins disease. It gives breaks to families who have lost someone or have a terminally-ill child.

People were out in force to support the charity, completing either a 10, 20 or 35-mile route.

Claire Wilson, 37, of Denmead, was with her friends and children, Bethany, 12, Ethan, 10 and Katy, six, along with husband Lee, 41.

Claire, who opted for the 10-mile route, said: ‘We come most years and Hannah’s Home is quite a personal charity to friends of ours.

‘It was nice with very good views of the lovely countryside.

‘There were a few hills but there were some nice downs as well.’