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The Jennings River Ride (Rescheduled 2013)

25/05/2014 - Fitz Park, Keswick - Charity Ride

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The JENNINGS Rivers Ride - SundaySeptember 15th 2013
The Third Annual JENNINGS Rivers Ride - Cycle Sportive.  
Four stunning Lake District bike routes for cyclists of ALL abilities. 
One great charity - Cumbria Community Foundation

The JENNINGS Rivers Ride
The Jennings Rivers Ride reveals some of the UK's finest scenery and cycling terrain from the heart of the LakeDistrict all the way out to the Irish Sea. It's actually a series of three bike rides which start and finish in Keswick. It's called the Rivers Ride because sections of the routes follow the affected river courses and criss-cross over many of the bridges that were either destroyed and replaced, or were badly damaged during the floods in 2009.

Family challenge Ride £16 - Route Sponsored by Nuclear Management Partners
This is a new all-inclusive event that challenges youngsters (and their parents / guardians) to ride a distance of 10 miles out along the old railway line searching for treasure and back in a loop to Keswick.

Community Circuit £30 - Route sponsored by NSG Environmental Ltd
This is an achievable challenge for novices or those returning to cycling after a break, with some preparation. 38 miles of lovely Lakeland roads heading west to Cockermouth via Ouse Bridge, returning to Keswick via the rebuilt Lorton Bridge and finishing with a climb over Whinlatter Pass.

Foundation flyer £30 - Route sponsored by Armstrong Watson - NEW
This NEW route is a step up for those riders who are looking for a greater challenge or have already successfully completed the Community Circuit. It's a cracking 55 mile route which after an easy start takes in the triple challenge of Whinlatter (twice) and Newlands Pass!

Big Day Out Ride £30 - Route sponsored by Cumberland Building Society
This is THE BIG ONE! A challenging ride for the more experienced rider. Don't be deceived by the flat start which heads out to the Irish Sea at Workington. The route returns to Keswick via three of the Lake District's major road passes : Whinlatter, Newlands andfinally Honister - to complete an epic ride of just over 75 miles with a sting that is most certainly in the tail.

Family Fun Day
It's not all about cycling as there'll be a Family Fun Day surrounding the start / finish point of the event. At the event base in Keswick you'll find a large marquee with entertainment, food and drinks and a wide array of family friendly games and things to do.

Cycling for a Reason - The Jennings Rivers Ride is held to raise money for the work of Cumbria Community Foundation. The Foundation is at the heart of community life. We make grants to local charities and people in need. Our grants help young people and older people, those living with disabilities and those recovering from illness. The Jennings Rivers Ride is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and the involvement of more than 80 volunteers. Your entry fee covers the cost of staging the event and raises a small amount for the charity - you can also help us by asking and family to sponsor you for the challenge and raise money for good causes in Cumbria.

Raise a little... help a lot  If you can match your entry fee with sponsorship, Cumbria Community Foundation will be able to help even more people. You can set up a fundraising JustGiving page to make donating easier with your own bespoke page, target amount and text code.

Rewards for Raising Money - If you raise money for us:
£125 = a Jennings Rivers Ride Yellow Cycling Jersey.
£250 = a Jennings Rivers Ride Sports Hoodie.
£500 = a Jennings Rivers Ride King (or Queen) of the Mountains Polka Dot Cycling Jersey.
AND... raise the most overall... and you'll win a prize that money cannot buy... you'll see a caricature of your face on a Jennings Rivers Ride Guest Ale in August and September 2014!

So How was last years event?
"I loved it. The camaraderie is wonderful and all for a very deserving cause. There is something for everyone's cycling ability. I would definitely recommend taking part." Tim Backshall, ITV Border

FANTASTIC, it was excellent, the event , it was really well put together. It was an interesting and rewarding ride with great camaraderie on the way around." Richard Leafe, Chief Executive, Lake District National Park Authority

"It was a wonderful day, fantastic for the children to feel so involved in such a big event, we were surrounded by riders of all abilities, all with smiles on their faces and words of encouragement for the girls. A day we will never forget!" Kerry Cornforth

If you have any queries about the event please - email

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Fitz Park
Address Line 2 Station Road
Town Keswick
County Cumbria
Postcode CA12 4NB
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

Organiser Details
Name Rather Be Cycling
Email Email Hidden
Phone 017687 78848
County Antrim
Postcode CA12 5SG

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