A cycle ride, originally organised by the late Beryl Smith and her granddaughter; Tonya Hinds, has developed into one of the most exciting, uplifting, sporting events in the annual Southwell calendar.
Fast forward to 2016 and with over a decade of cycle challenges behind them, the energetic group of volunteers who now organise this often muddy, popular event in aid of Reach Learning Disabilities are changing the name from ‘Tonya’s Challenge’ to ‘Reach Off Road’
“Reach suggests the width and breadth of our services and the new name of this event follows this ethos”. The ride attracts cyclists from all over Nottinghamshire and beyond. We support people with learning disabilities from all over Nottinghamshire. Both the services we offer at Reach, to clients and the professionalism involved in this event, are beyond expectation and our new event name goes some way to reflecting this.” says Sarah Cobb; Reach’s fundraising officer.
Reach Off Road takes place on Sunday 8th May and as in previous years, hundreds of riders will enjoy home-made cakes, a choice of four routes and a wonderful atmosphere. Local businesses have entered teams of cyclists of all abilities and Southwell Lions are stalwarts by encouraging their members to volunteer as marshals as in the last five years. TSW Cycles are once again generously offering a bike worth over £500 to the rider who raises the most sponsor money and Strays Café in Newark continue to be great supporters in many ways.
Beryl, died suddenly in September 2010, but along with Tonya, the continuation and development of this event is a lasting tribute to both of them and a vital fundraiser for Reach.
To enter individually or as a team; to help bake or volunteer on the day; please go to www.reachoffroad.co.uk or ring 01636 819066