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The BIG Cycle 2014 Raises £6762.52
The team of social members were proud to hand over cheques to the value of £2254.18 each to Cancer Research UK (Chester Branch), St Kentirgen Hospice St Asaph and the club. The team raised the total of £6762.54 through the sponsored ride to celebrate the clubs 150th anniversary year. The team covered 150km (95 miles) in just under 8 hours starting at Northop via a route out over the moors at Llandegla and on to Corwen, Betws-y-Coed, Llanwrst, Colwyn Bay and then back along the North Wales coast. The team would like to thank club members, family and friends and local businesses for their generosity and support for the event.  
Pictured with some of the team are Club Chairman Mike Hughes (2nd left), Alison Hignett representing Cancer Research UK and Jackie Jeffery representing St Kentigern Hospice St Asaph.
Members who completed the ride were: Stu Askey, John Atkins, Kev Blackwell, Tom Blackwell, Richie Cowley, Chris Jones, Alex Knight, Simon Littler, Graham Lloyd-Roberts, Dave Mountfort, Paul Penryn Jones, Trevor Tommy and Steve Williams. 
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After the relief of completing the challenge as planned (more details below) we have now collected all pledged sponsorship money.


A grand total of £6762.00 has been raised for the chosen charities and Northop Cricket Club.


That is an amaing total and everyone who took part should feel proud of what a team effort can achieve.


Along with the cricket club the chosen charities are:


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The money will be split 3 ways and it is planned to present the cheques to the charities on Friday 12th September at 6.30pm at the club - everyone is welcome.

All of the team would like to thank everyone who pledged money and supported them up to and during the ride. 


Northop Cricket Club 150th year!


We did it .......... with no breakdowns - not even a puncture!


After a delayed start due to thunder storms and torrential rain the final team of 13 set off in 2 groups at 9.45am to complete the 150km (95 mile) loop in North Wales.

The first stop at 13.5 miles at Rossie's cider farm in Llandegla was a welcome stop after climbing to the highest point on the route at 1,103ft.

Just as we set off from

Rossie's the rain came again as we rode on past Corwen and on towards the second stop in Cerrig.

Coffees and hot chocolates in the cafe at Cerrig were very welcome before setting off to Betws-y-Coed and on to the lunch stop at Bodnant at 55 miles.

Lunch and a change in to dry kit put is in good spirits to push on for the final 40 miles along the North Wales Coast.

Sunshine and light winds made the ride homeward very enjoyable.

Stops in Rhyl and at Abakhan kept us hydrated before both teams regrouped at Flint Mountain for the final ride to Northop and a fantastic welcome back at the club.


So 150km (95 miles), a moving time of 6hrs 34mins, 3,992ft elevation gain and an average overall speed of 14.7mph - a great achievement for all involved.


The team would like to thank Colin and Faz for covering the ride in the support car and to family and friends for their support on the day.

Also to everyone who has sponsored the event and we now look forward to handing over the cheques to the chosen charities (details below).


The team are now collecting their sponsorship money and are hoping to raise over £4500.


Photo's to follow soon ..........


To celebrate this milestone a team of club members will ride 150km on Saturday 7th June to raise money for two charities and the cricket club.

The money will be split equaly between the three organisations.

The cricket club will use the money to continue its funding towards junior cricket across the U9, U11, U13 and U15 teams.


The charities:

Cancer Research UK                                                             




St. Kentergern Hospice, St. Asaph                           





The ride starts at the cricket club at 9am when the team will set off into North Wales to return early evening for a celebration BBQ with family, friends and club members.


The route will take us from Northop to Corwen via Mold, Nercwys, Truddynn and Llandegla. Then along the A5 the Betws-y-Coed and on up to Llanrwst and Conwy before heading back towards home along the North Wales Coast .......


Taking part in the 150km ride are: Stu Askey, John Atkins, Kev Blackwell, Tom Blackwell, Richie Cowley, Chris Jones, Alex Knight, Simon Littler, Graham Lloyd-Roberts, Dave Mountfort, Paul Penryn Jones, Trevor Tommy and Steve Williams.


In addition to the 150km (95 mile) ride there is a 50 mile ride for anyone who would like to join in the challenges.

For the juniors there is a 5 mile ride along the coastal path at Prestatyn.


If you require more information on any of the rides or sponsorship contact Richie Cowley or Kev Blackwell at the cricket club.


The team have set up a PayPal Account that will allow us to collect the sponsorship money (see the link below) and the riders have sponsorship forms available. A sheet is also on the notice baord in the clubhouse and at Northop Post Office.



All costs for the challenge will be covered by either team members or through specific sponsorship arrangements.


All monies raised will go direct to the charities and the club.

A full summary will be posted on the club website, in the pavillion and at Northop Post Office.


As you can see we are looking to support a number of worthy causes and therefore any amount of money that you can contribute towards sponsoring our challenge will be greatly appreciated.


The BIG Cycle Team