Over 40 cyclists from Croston Velo set out on 15th September to take part in a series of
Rainbow Ride 100 Challenges and raised over £2,400 for Rainbow House, the charity supporting
children and young people with physical and neurological disabilities.
A mix of men and women of all ages from the Croston, Eccleston, Parbold and Mawdesley areas
gathered at Rainbow House on a cloudy Saturday morning where they signed up for
one of three different 100 challenge rides – 100k, 100 miles or the 100 mile hilly route.
All three rides started at Rainbow House with the 100k and 100 mile following the same route
for the first 40 miles before separating at Scarisbrick with the 100 milers heading west to Formby
and the 100k south to Augton. The 100 mile hilly riders headed north west and out over the
moors at Blackburn. (Full details in the Editors notes)
Some were experienced long distance cyclists but for others it was their first time and there
were a few nerves kicking but they soon disappeared as they were cheered off by children,
parents and staff from Rainbow House.
Glen Higson from Croston Velo, said, “members wanted to give something back to the community
in which our members live and we felt that it was important that a local charity should benefit
from a Croston Velo fund-raising event. We chose Rainbow House as they are local, provide a
wonderful service to children with neurological and physical disabilities and receive no statutory
funding. They are a very deserving cause.”
Croston Velo is affiliated to Croston Sports Club and was founded in 2014 by a few friends who
cycled together. They now have over 120 members including a women’s and junior section.
There are rides four times a week for all abilities from novices through to elite riders. There is a
strong social element to the club with refreshments available in the Sports club after rides,
an annual summer BBQ, a fancy dress Christmas ride and a Christmas Party. Many of their members
also take part in race events, sportives (long distance cycle rides) and go to training camps in
Mallorca on a regular basis. They have a reputation for being friendly and welcoming.
Ben Blackman, CEO, Rainbow House, said “Being a keen member of Croston Sports Club myself, I
was incredibly proud to see this ride take place for Rainbow House and knowing many of the
cyclists personally made it really special. The difference it makes to us in terms of funds and
awareness raised are vital and we cannot thank Croston Velo and all of their riders who took part
enough. Many of them challenged themselves to riding a far greater distance than usual and this is
what Rainbow House is all about – challenging each individual to achieve and exceed their greatest
potential with our help and support. Seeing how proud the cyclists were when they finished
reminded me of our work and the pride children and parents feel about their achievements
here every day.”