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The Tommy Godwin Challenge Raises an Amazing £32.5k+ for the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull

Sarah Adams, Event Director, said, “This is the 6th edition of the event and the sum raised far exceeded our expectations. We are on track to have raised well over £100k by next year. We would like to thank all the sponsors, partners and volunteers who supported the event and the participants who raised additional funds and donated so generously on the day.”

Such is the popularity of the event, held in honour of local 1948 Olympic cycling medallist Tommy Godwin, that almost all available places were sold out well in advance of 28th April. The weather wasn’t as balmy as Easter, but the sun eventually came out to shine on the 750 riders who rode routes of 30km, 73km or 100km. These routes took them through the Warwickshire lanes, past Baddesley Clinton and Packwood, with the 100km sportive making a brief foray into Worcestershire via Feckenham, returning via Earlswood Lakes. There were also a couple of fords en route but nobody took an early bath!

The event started and finished at the hospice. This gave participants an opportunity to see what they were raising money for and to sample the amazing refreshments provide by a fantastic band of volunteer bakers, once they had collected their finisher’s medal. Sports therapists were also on hand to ease weary limbs.