Families get in to gear to raise £50k for Norwood

12 June 2013

Nearly 500 running and cycling enthusiasts took on Norwood’s annual Junior bike ride and Duathlon on Sunday. The event raised an impressive £50,000 for the charity, which supports children, families and people with learning disabilities.

Sporty youngsters aged from six to 16 and their families got on their bikes for the five or 10 mile off-road adventure which set off from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School in Elstree on Sunday morning. Participants also signed up for the inaugural Norwood Duathlon, which involved 50 participants.

The Ehreich family from Hendon, North West London, were just one of many families who took part in the challenge. Akiva Ehreich, eight, and his father Daniel, from Hendon, cycled the 10 mile off-road course, raising £600 for Norwood. Following the ride, Akiva, who goes to Menorah Foundation School in Edgware, said: "It was so much fun and was very hard. I am very proud that I managed to cycle 10 miles and raised a lot of money for Norwood. I can’t wait to take part in next year’s ride."

Amongst this year’s Duathlon participants was Gavriel Sacks, nine, from Hampstead Garden Suburb, who was joined by his father Stephen. The father and son team prepared for the challenge by training during their holiday in L.A, running on the beach every day. Gavriel, who goes to Naima JTS School in Maida Vale said: "I’ve been training hard for this event. Norwood is important because it’s open for everybody and helps people achieve their best!"

This year’s cycling challenge also welcomed a Norwood tandem team of Craig Huddleston, Norwood’s Placement Advisor, who rode with Michael Kuperberg, who uses Norwood’s supported employment service. Michael said: "I have really enjoyed all my experiences of cycling for Norwood and am really looking forward to taking part in the Capital to Coast ride with Craig on June 30th. I would recommend others joining me!"

The event was sponsored by Giant Radlett and took place in association with Aldenham Country Park and Hertfordshire County Council. A number of sponsored gifts and prizes were offered throughout the day, including free cycle tops, goody bags, certificates and medals for every rider. All participants were also entered into a raffle to win a number of vouchers to be spent at Giant Radlett, including one prize of £500. The top fundraiser will win an Ipad mini which will be announced on 28th June.

Sinead Grimes, Norwood’s Events and Challenges Fundraiser, said: "Norwood’s Junior Bike Ride and Duathlon provides a great opportunity for families to get fit and have a fun day out whilst raising money for a great cause. I’d like to thank and congratulate everyone who took part in the challenge. The money they raised will help so many people who are supported by the charity."