Pedal power set to help children’s hospice

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GREAT Britain’s cycling success has inspired a wave of sporting fans to get on their bikes for a South Yorkshire charity.

A total of 180 people have signed up to take part in Park2Park, a 35km ride from Rother Valley Country Park to Poolsbrook County Park and back, which takes place on Sunday, September 2.

The event is only in its second year, but entries have been flooding in.

Just under 120 cyclists raised £7,300 for the Alzheimer’s Society last year and organisers are hoping to smash that total for a cause closer to home this time round.

This year, participants will use their pedal power to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, North Anston.

The success of Team GB in the velodrome at London 2012, coupled with the popularity of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, saw a huge surge in the number of people eager to take part.

The route is off-road, making it safer for children and inexperienced cyclists.

The youngest participant signed up for the race is five-year-old Max Addison, from Chesterfield, while at the ripe old age of 76, cyclist John Hunt of Beighton, Sheffield, will aim to prove age is no barrier when it comes to fundraising.

The closing date for entries fell this week and it is now full to capacity.

But Aubrey Hill, chief organiser, is urging people to go to Rother Valley and cheer the riders on their way.