Bollington Bike Fest

Wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of riders in the Bollington Bike Fest.

The popular ride through Cheshire countryside attracted 162 cyclists who defied poor conditions to raise £1,250 for East Cheshire Hospice.

A further £1,000 was also raised to help fund two defibrillators for Bollington Health and Leisure Centre and Bollington Town Hall.

Cyclists had a choice of three routes, including the Grimshaw Grueller, a daunting 68-mile hilly challenge designed for more serious riders.

 The flatter Bolly Bash was an easy course with the Twenty is Plenty route appealing to families.

 This was the sixth year of the Fest which has raised more than £6,000 for the Hospice. It was  organised by Macclesfield and District Lions, Cheshire Border Girl Guiding and Bollington Town Council.

Main sponsors were Co-op Food, Bollington, with support from Roller Banners, Adelphi Mill Properties, Bollington Brewery and Rudyard Lake Hotel.

Co-ordinator George Cann, of the Lions, said: "We'd like to thank everyone for taking part and supporting the event to raise funds for such vital services."

Macc Lions have donated almost £14,000 in the last 12 months to local good causes and global aid from various events . They are looking for volunteers and members aged over 18 and meet twice monthly at Hollin Hall Country House Hotel.