The 2018 IOW Randonnee raises over £800 for HIOWAA!

Wednesday 9th May

Thousands of cyclists turned out for the annual Isle of Wight Randonnee on Sunday. (6th May).

Now in it’s 30th year, the ride sees participants pedal 100km around the entire island, allowing them to see it in it’s full glory!

3,100 cyclists took part in the free family cycle challenge, on one of the hottest days over the Bank Holiday weekend.

There were plenty of checkpoints offering refreshments for donations along the route. The donations at Ventnor totalled £810.96, which organisers have decided to donate to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance!

One of the volunteers manning the Ventnor checkpoint on the day was Alan Hilson. He was rescued by the Air Ambulance last year and told us:

“It’s a vital service, particularly for the Isle of Wight. Being cut off from the mainland by that 35 minutes to an hour over a stretch of water; that could be a life or death time. We have all heard of people waiting for an ambulance on the island. When they are all busy they cannot just get some more from the next county. The fact that the Air Ambulance is not NHS funded is all the more reason to give this vital service our support as individuals as a Cycle club and as an Island.”

Director of Fundraising for HIOWAA, Rachel Leaman said:

“We’re so grateful to the Wayfarer Cycle Touring Club Randonnee Team for choosing to donate proceeds to us. It’s such a popular event and the money raised will make a big difference to our charity.”

Missed the event? We have spaces available in Team HIOWAA for the Hampshire Hilly Hundred. Find out more and sign up online >>  

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