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"There will be no ride in 2015, thank you for all of your support"

Sunday 8th September 2013 will see the 21st running of our annual event, which is held to celebrate the memory of John Woodhouse, of Glasshouses and to support the organisation which has helped so many cancer sufferers and their families over the years.

The Great Milk (stout) Ride and all the associated entertainment will this year begin at the Nidderdale Agricultural Society Pateley Bridge Showground. In a big change for this year the rides will finish at Harefield hall, Pateley Bridge, where all will be made very welcome.

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Great Milk Stout open for entries on 21st year

One of the largest annual charity events in the Dales - the Great Milk Stout Ride - has opened its registration for this year's event and organisers are hoping for a record number of participants to mark the bike ride's 21st year and to take funds raised for Macmillan Cancer Support to over half a million pounds.

Since its inception in 1993, the Great Milk Stout Ride has raised almost £470,000 for Macmillan, attracting cyclists and fundraisers from across the North of England to take part. The charity cycle ride will start from the showground in Pateley Bridge on Sunday 8th September this year, a big change for this year the rides will finish at Harefield Hall, Pateley Bridge, where all will be made very welcome.

This year, participants will be able to choose from two different routes according to fitness, or determination. The Full Monty offers a 20-mile ride along a route that takes in spectacular beauty spots including Brimham Rocks. For younger - or less intrepid - cyclists, the Half Litre ride provides a scaled-down, ten-mile alternative with its fair share of hills and plenty of fantastic scenery.

The event's chairman, Jackie Kerr, said: "There’s no doubt that most families will have had to endure a degree of financial discomfort in recent years. In the light of that, plus the ever-increasing number of charity rides, runs and walks, I’m immensely proud that the Great Milk (stout) Ride continues to attract hundreds of riders every year and make much-needed contributions to MacMillan. We also continue to enjoy the sponsorship of a number of local companies and institutions. Long may this continue. If you’ve taken part before, we’d love to see you again. This year introduce someone new to the ride! If you haven’t taken part – what’s keeping you?!

The cycle ride was born out of a challenge to see who could raise the most money for charity among the regulars at the Birch Tree Inn at Glasshouses. It was decided to donate the money raised to Macmillan Cancer Support, whose nurses provide care for cancer sufferers, and as a memorial to a local Glasshouses man - and friend - John Woodhouse, who had recently died from cancer and whose family had received essential support from Macmillan.

Since then the event, which takes place in September every year, has grown to become a fixture for hundreds of cyclists and charity fundraisers. Among the awards up for grabs this year are the Fancy Dress Prize, the Pub Shield and the Patrick Bickers Memorial Shield for Corporate Teams.

posted: 14/05/2012 19:28:37

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The GMSR ride will be held at Pateley Bridge Showground on the 8th September 2013.

You can enter as a team for a bigger impact and raise even more for our favourite charity, Macmillan.

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Everything we do in the ride is about you coming to have a great day out and enjoying the ride, whilst raising money for a great charity. We do know that at the moment getting sponsorship is difficult in the current times, but please remember that we need you to give us some sponsorship. So if you are unable to get any sponsorship then we will ask you to donate £10 on the day towards the charity!

Why not enter your own team and come and join us?

  • DO please read the information on Gift Aid. This will enable Macmillan to collect 25p in every pound from the government on behalf of tax paying sponsors.
  • DON'T forget to visit our web site and blog, where you can keep up to date with all the latest news.
  • Download the PDF files of poster, team sheet and car stickers and display as appropriate.

Remember: "It's a Ride not a Race". The roads will NOT be closed; they will be open to all vehicles, small and large. For your own safety, and that of others, please take care to ride carefully and safely.

Why not recruit another friend, or colleague to join you/us on the 8th September.? See what you can do, please, and good luck!

The Team Challenge Corporate Trophy

We offer a prize for the team that raises the larges amount for Macmillans by the evening of the event, if you want to corall you collegues into joining you for a great day out in the Dales, please print our Team form and collect some names

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