Ride for Hope July 2017

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                 6th - 9th July 2017

We waved off Team Hope on the morning of 6th July from the University of Northampton Park Campus.  46 riders in total this year, plus 5 support vehicles.

The team had some epic challenges to face, including 32degree heat and thunderstorms, but they all made it safely to Ypres on Saturday 8th after 3 very long days in the saddle.  

We are delighted to announce that the current fundraising total stands at £37,700, a fantastic achievement by everyone involved. 

If you'd like to see the video montage of this years event.  Click this link to our facebook page.

Thank you to David Ikin for taking the photo's below.

Thank you to our main sponsor Pidy UK Ltd, who have once again organised this event.

Thank you also to our other sponsors, Action Express, Mint Wear Ltd and also to the University of Northampton for allowing us once again to use Park Campus as our starting point.

Details below of the route they took this year.

Day 1 -  Northampton to Enfield - 72 miles

Day 2 - Enfield to Canterbury - 80 miles

Day 3 - Canterbury to Ypres - 73 miles

Day 4 - Relax and then coach back to Northampton

Our cyclists, are split into teams that suit every ability so that we make sure everyone is cycling at a pace that is right for them, ensuring we will get everyone safely to Ypres.  This is the fourth year that Pidy UK Ltd has organised this event for the Hope Centre.  Cycling through some of England's best rural countryside in Bedforshire & Hertfordshire followed by some spectacular coastal paths of Kent and France, the route then takes on some historic war sites through the Flanders region and after about 230 miles cycling ends with a true Flemish welcome.

This years event is now fully booked, but we are already planning for 2018, when the event will move to September and will take a slightly different approach.  As 2018 will be the 100th centenary of the end of the 1st World War, we are going to be bringing the troups home.  We will start by transporting our cyclists to Ypres, and then the ride will be from Ypres, back to Northampton.  If you are interested in finding out more, please email Sue

FAQs about riding here

Terms and conditions here

Watch a short film about last year's ride by following this link https://youtu.be/Peoyi7el3S0

A huge thanks also to the sponsors and supporters, without whom we could not have this event.  Especially Robert Whittle and the Pidy UK Ltd team who organise the sponsored event for us.

Action Express, for all their support with transportation.

The University of Northampton who allow us to use their campus as a start point


Pictures below from the event in 2016






DAY 2 COFFEE BREAK                        LOADING ONTO THE FERRY           START OF DAY 3                                  DAY 3 COFFEE BREAK                      TAKING A BREAK !



ARRIVING IN BELGIUM                      START OF DAY 4


              Packing the Lorry up to come Home.