Jennings River Ride – 18th September 2011

Posted on July 4, 2011 | News

Cycle for a reason … let that reason be Cumbria Community Foundation!

This autumn sees the launch of a very special cycling event in Cumbria – The Jennings River Ride.

It’s a series of three bike rides starting and finishing in Keswick and following the route of the devastating floods of 2009.

The reason these rides are special is, unlike other cycle sportives, these have been organised by a local charity – Cumbria Community Foundation – and the entrance fee will raise money for good Cumbrian causes.

If that wasn’t enough, it is a chance for entrants to get sponsors to raise money for any other charity that is close to their heart. Everyone’s a winner!

There are three rides on 18 September 2011:

You can choose from The Family Ride, an all inclusive event that challenges youngsters (and their parents / guardians) to ride a distance of just over eight miles through the beautiful north lakes and taking in the rebuilt Newlands Beck Bridge. The Middle Distance Event is great for anyone looking for a testing but achievable cycling challenge. The route will appeal to both cycling novices (with some preparation) and experienced riders alike. You’ll cycle close to 40 miles along lovely roads in the lakes, heading out towards Cockermouth, crossing the Ouse Bridge and returning via the rebuilt Lorton Bridge and finishing with a climb over Whinlatter Pass. The Big Day Out Ride aims to challenge the more experienced rider and heads all the way out to the Irish Sea at Workington via Cockermouth. If that was not already enough, riders return to Keswick via Honister, Newlands and Whinlatter passes to complete an epic ride of over 85 miles – although with those hills it is sure to feel more like a hundred!

It’s £10 for The Family Ride and £25 for both The Middle Distance Event and The Big Day Out Ride. The routes will be well signposted, marshalled and supported with feeding stations. Book online at or call: 01900 825760.

If you don’t fancy getting on your bike for a good cause, come and have a great day out in Keswick as Cumbria Community Foundation is also organising a Family Fun Day on Fitz Park on 18 September 2011.

Russell Armer Director Martyn Nicholson will be taking part in the middle distance cycle, so if you fancy joining him then contact Cumbria Foundation on 01900 825760 or

Or if you would like to sponsor him you can go to with all proceeds going to the Russell Armer Charity Fund