A wheel tough way to charity cash

One of the posters by Glendale Middle School pupils for the Wooler Wheel.
One of the posters by Glendale Middle School pupils for the Wooler Wheel.
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A MAMMOTH 100km charity cycling challenge, which takes in some of north Northumberland’s finest landscapes, will take place later this year.

The Wooler Wheel, a 100km cyclosportive challenge, will take place on October 6 under the banner of the Wooler Cycle Hub to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance and HospiceCare North Northumberland.

Starting and finishing in Wooler itself, the route takes in the River Till valley, ascends the steep escarpment of the Fell Sandstone Ridge to reveal views of Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle and then makes its way through Ford to the northern outposts of the Cheviot Hills and the Tweed Valley.

It should offer views of the High Cheviots, the coastline and the Eildon and Lammermuir Hills in Scotland, while offering a lung-busting total ascent over the course of 1,474metres.

The event, which is supported by British Cycling and has received funding from Northumberland National Park, will also offer a shorter 50km ride on the same day.

Anyone wishing to ride for either of these charities and who would like a sponsor form is asked to contact Beth Mills on 01668 283699.

For more information and to register for the event, visit www.woolerwheel.com

There is also a Wooler Wheel Facebook page which includes a number of posters for the event produced by pupils at Glendale Middle School in their art class.

The page – www.facebook.com/thewoolerwheel – also features ongoing chat and details on the ride, as well as tips and photos.