Pedalling to raise Pilgrim pounds

The Pilgrim pedallers
The Pilgrim pedallers

Keen cyclists have been pedalling for pounds around Lincolnshire to raise vital funds for the Pilgrim Hospital Heart and Lung Fund.

An energetic group of nine saddled up to ride around a 170-mile course in just 12 hours – with funds still being collected.

This will go towards providing a ‘cardiovascular investigatory and interventional unit’ in Boston.

“We would hope to see this in place within the next three years but ongoing support to bring this dream to a reality will require constant support from all of us who live locally,” said Dr Cyril Nyman who led the challenge.

Among the group were two young female cyclists and the other six were over 60, including three aged over 70.

The relay-style event started in Boston and went through Skegness, Ingoldmells, Mablethorpe, then across country to Louth, Market Rasen, Gainsborough, then down to Lincoln, out to Newark, back to Sleaford, touching on Grantham and back to Boston.

“The event went exceedingly well, each participant was given an hour and a quarter to cycle, the cyclists were competing against each other to see who would cover the greatest distance during that time,” said Dr Nyman.

That feat was managed by Tilly Milverton, from Boston, who cycled 20 miles through the Wolds.

A special mention was made to 75-year-old John Woolnough, from Norfolk, who cycled two sessions, completing two-and-a-half hours. Even more impressive given that the day before he had cycled to Boston from home to take part and then returned to Norfolk on his bike the next day.