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A group of five cyclists from Preston tackled the notoriously difficult Fred Whitton Challenge on 7th May and raised nearly £5,000 for Rainbow House, Mawdesley.
The group, who say they are a small but perfectly formed group of MAMILs (Middle Aged Men in Lycra)
completed the route in a riding time of 8 hours.
The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular cycling sportives in the UK. It is a very tough route totalling 112 miles around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes. Hardknott includes a 30% gradient and comes at 98 miles. By the end of the ride they had climbed 3,950m (c.13,000ft equivalent to half the height of Mount Everest.
The group, Marc Summers, Simon Bird, Dave Bond, Damien McDonald and Jonathan Parr, have supported Rainbow House as a charity over many years through numerous events including attending charity balls, corporate support days and sponsorship events.
On behalf of the group, Marc Summers said, “This is a charity close to all of us as we have seen the real benefits of the conductive education methods on our close friends’ daughter Katie Maddison who attends the centre.
The progress and development of Katie’s abilities every time we meet her continues to grow and amaze us. By supporting Rainbow House and keeping it going though fundraising in our small way, we will continue to help Katie reach her potential and also help the other children who benefit as much as Katie.
We were delighted to be able to beat our fundraising target for Rainbow House and also for the Fred Whitton Challenge’s charity, the North West Air Ambulance who received £2,000.”
Carole Cochrane, CEO at Rainbow House said, “What an amazing achievement and a great boost to
our fundraising which is very much appreciated by us all. We are very grateful for
all the support Marc, Dave, Damien, Simon and Jonathan give to us at Rainbow House.”

Photo caption: l to r Jonathan Parr, Damien McDonald, Marc Summers, Dave Bond, Simon Bird on the Fred Whitton Challenge podium

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