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Cycle ride will honour champ
THE daughter of a world champion racing cyclist is organising an event in Bury to celebrate his achievements and sporting career.
Marilyn Hughes, daughter of Bury-born Red Harris OBE who died in 1992, is hosting the Reg Harris Cyclosportive on August 25.
Mrs Hughes and husband David, of Gisburn Road, Lowercroft are launching the non-competitive ride in partnership with the Tottington and Bury West Rotary Club, of which David is president.
At least 170 riders will take to one of two routes around Reg’s home town of Bury — the more challenging one covering 50 miles across the Rossendale hills and the other a 26-mile circuit.
Mrs Hughes said: “The Reg Harris Cyclosportive has already exceeded its target entry but we have created a few extra spaces for cyclists who wish to take part in this inaugural event. The weather forecast is for fine weather in which to enjoy a good cycle, the camaraderie of taking part and the beautiful countryside.”
Masseurs, refreshments and mechanical support will be provided at points throughout the race, which is set to both start and finish at Tottington High School on Laurel Street.
A professional timing system will be used that will allow serious cyclists to race to beat their own time.
Mrs Hughes added: “The Reg Harris Cyclosportive is not a competitive race — it is the chance to enjoy a fun and challenging route with other like-minded people.
“My husband always wanted to organise a sportive in the area and we thought it would be fantastic to make this in commemoration of my father. Both routes feature roads Reg almost certainly would have ridden on and we hope to make the sportive a yearly event.”
Mr Hughes, aged 67, is a keen leisure cyclist and has ridden 900 miles from Lowercroft to south east France for his 65th birthday. But he sadly never had the opportunity to ride with Reg.
Reg Harris triumphed as a world champion five times between 1947 and 1954, also breaking numerous world records and winning two silver medals at the London Olympics in 1948.
A statue and memorial to him can be found at Manchester’s Velodrome, home of the National Cycling Centre.
The entrance fee for the sportive is £20 and each rider must raise a minimum of £15 in sponsorship with the funds going to Bury Hospice, Bury Cancer Support Centre and Bury Tandem Club for the Visually Impaired.
For further details or to register: go to regharrissportive.co.uk, call David Hughes or Amanda Taylor on 07967 757565 or email email@example.com.
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