The trio will be guests of honour at the launch event taking place at Franklin’s Gardens at 6pm on Wednesday, February 11th and will present the prizes to the largest team to take part last year, the biggest fundraiser, the best fancy dress and the Chairman’s Award.
Over 11 years, Cycle 4 Cynthia has raised more than a third of a million pounds and while the final figure from 2014 is not being revealed until the launch itself, it is expected to have raised tens of thousands of pounds for last year’s two benefitting charities, Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Kidsaid, the Northampton charity which supports youngsters who have suffered bereavement, bullying, abuse or family issues.
Jim, who has twice ridden in the event, was sadly unable to take part last year owing to his side’s Aviva Premiership clash against Newcastle and so the honour of opening the ride went to his then-injured second row, Sam, who not only fired the starting hooter to set off a record 1,300 riders in a leg-spinning spectacle at Lamport Hall near Kettering, but also leapt into the saddle himself!
But, subject to the fixture list, it’s hoped that Jim will lead a strong contingent from the club in this year’s ride, which is taking place on Sunday, September 13th.
For Sue Bownass from the hospice, the Saints’ continuing support is invaluable.
“We’re absolute delighted that the lads are backing us again and I’ve written to the RFU to give them our date and tell them they can’t plan a match for that Sunday!” she explained.
“In the past we’ve seen Tom Wood, and Dylan Hartley get on their bikes for us and it’s a real thrill for everyone to be riding alongside their rugby heroes so come along to the launch and find out more!” she added.
Anyone wishing to take part in the ride is cordially invited to attend the event at Franklin’s Gardens at 6pm on Wednesday, February 11th. To find out more details, to book your place or to pledge your involvement in the ride, please contact Sue at the hospice on 01604 678088.