CYCLISTS will be jumping in the saddle in support of Shakespeare Hospice on Sunday.
Riders will set off on the Great Shakespeare Ride from Walton Hall on one of three routes through the Warwickshire and Cotswold countryside – a 50km friendly, a 100km challenge or the 100 mile sportive.
Former Stratford mayor Roy Lodge will lead the riders out on the 50km route; hospice marketing and communications officer Ros Brooks will be at the head of the 100km challenge, and hospice supporter Tom Lennon will lead out the 100 mile sportive.
Roy recently raised £2,276 for the hospice when he rode from Stratford to Bath, and keen rugby fan Tom is preparing
to ride 744 miles in seven days, from Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club to Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club, taking in every
Premiership rugby club en route.
Participants in the Great Shakespeare Ride will themselves be supported by food stations en route, a pop up mechanic provided by Cotswold Cycles, as well as free post-cycle massages.
Although online entries have now closed, there is still time to enter. Cyclists can register at Walton Hall on Saturday between 2pm and 6pm, and on ride day from 6am to 8.45am.
Visit www.thegreatshakespeareride.org.uk for further details.
The Shakespeare Hospice is also holding a Family Fun Day at Walton Hall in conjunction with The Great Shakespeare Ride, from 11am to 4pm.
Visitors will be able enjoy a range of family activities and games, including archery and a treasure hunt, giant jenga, a skittle alley and quoit throwing. Entry is free.