On Saturday 30 September 2017 an exciting new community event was held in Godalming, a Cyclathon to raise funds for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, and other Rotary Charities. It was organised by the Rotary Clubs in Godalming, and was held in the Godalming Fitness Gym (46-56 High Street, Godaming GU7 1DY) throughout that day.

We looked for teams of up to 2 to 5 riders from local people, families, businesses, sports clubs, schools and other organisations. Entries by individuals and couples were also welcome. There were T shirts for riders, refreshments, prizes for winners, and a fun event for everyone. And it is all to raise money for these important local charities.

We had the use of 20 new gym bikes, thanks to the very kind support of Godalming Fitness Gym. Each team was given a time slot, starting on each hour during the day. Teams could race against each other, measured by the distance covered, or just have fun. Each team raced for about 50 minutes and changed riders as they chose. There were a range of prizes on the day.

Our grateful thanks go to our sponsors, Godalming Fitness Gym, Downs Solicitors, Surrey & Hampshire Property Agents and Vantage Point magazine. Their support made a significant contribution to the success of the Cyclathon.

Our request was that each team raise as much sponsorship as possible – we were hoping for at least £100 per team (i.e. £25 per rider) and almost all teams beat that target.

We also opened up the event to other local charities to enable them to raise money for themselves. We were delighted that the Clockhouse Menage used our event to raise funds for their own charity.

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As the big day approached,  there was a wide range of publicity, including by Vantage Point magazine. Family, friends and colleagues of the riders joined in supporting Phyllis Tuckwell and the Air Ambulance, and dropped in on the gym during the day to see the teams in action.

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