Report – Always A Chance Charity Ride – Saturday 4th February

Phil Letts led this ride and writes:

Despite the bitter cold and prospects of snow, eleven riders turned out for the first
stage of the “Always A Chance 92Club Run” charity ride from Sixfields Stadium (home of Northampton Town) to the Ricoh Arena (home of Coventry City).  It was 38 miles each way.  Some were intending to do just the one way; others both out-and-back.  All were riding to raise money for the charity set up in memory of a Northampton lad, James Kouzaris and a Coventry lad, James Cooper  Both young men were tragically shot last April whilst on holiday in Florida.

By my reckoning, we raised between us somewhere in the region of £300+ which is
a superb effort. My thanks to all who rode and especially to Iain Dawson who
volunteered to lead the one-way riders.

It was somewhat novel to have a “back-up” van driven by daughter Anna who
– together with friend Kenny – met us with hot drinks and flapjacks at the fifteen-mile point and then provided lunch at the Ricoh Arena.  Thanks to them!

There was some discussion as to whether this could be a regular feature! I’ll speak to them, show them the programme for the next six months of rides and see if they’re busy!

Great stuff everyone, thanks for your support!

Events in February

Saturday 11th February – Cols du Northamptonshire

Phil Letts leads a ride at 9.30 a.m. from the start of the Brampton Valley Way beside “The Windhover” pub.  The “hilly” route goes via Teeton, Creaton, Spratton, East Haddon and Great Brington (with elevenses at Brixworth).  About 35 miles at a brisk pace.

Sunday 12th February – A ride to Towcester

Bill Simpson leads a ride at 9.30 a.m. from Hunsbury Hill Library to the A5 Rangers Cycle Clubhouse in Towcester where there’s a sale of all sorts of cycle bits and pieces.  You don’t have to buy anything; it’s just a nice ride!  About 25 miles and leisurely.

Sunday 19th February – Pilgrim’s Progress

Philip Gray leads a ride at 9.30 a.m. from the Canoe Centre, Bedford Road, to Harrold (elevenses) and Bedford (lunch).  45+ miles at 12 m.p.h.

Saturday 25th February – An afternoon ride to Flore

Iain Dawson leads a ride at 2.00 p.m. from Hunsbury Hill Library to Flore with afternoon tea at a small garden centre café in the village.  About 20 miles and leisurely.


The start of a blog – just an idea!

There’s a bit of discussion going on in the “member group” that is CTC Northampton.  Should we have newsletters (written, designed, printed, posted through the mail) or should we add the “new media”?

We have a website and a Yahoo discussion group.  I’ve started to ask whether we should have a Facebook group, a Blog and maybe a Twitter account.

It seemed to me easiest to put together a Blog than to put together a Facebook group so I’ve made a start with the intention of finding out what  my fellow members think!