Vale of Belvoir gears up for this year’s Viking Challenge cycling event

The start of the Viking Challenge in 2014. EMN-150925-113556001
The start of the Viking Challenge in 2014. EMN-150925-113556001
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Organisers of the UK’s biggest off-road cycling event are confident they will again have around 1,500 riders taking part in this year’s edition.

The Viking Challenge takes place on Sunday October 4 with proceeds to be split between Redmile School and the 2015 chosen charity, the Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

Cyclists from all over the country have been descending on the Vale of Belvoir to take part in the event for 20 years and more than £300,000 has been raised in that time for the school and a series of charities.

Nicky Murray, who is helping to organise this year’s ride, said: “We had 1,447 cyclists last year and we are hoping for something similar again this year, although we are limited to 1,500.

“We raised an amazing £24,000 last year and it would be great if we could manage to do that again this year.”

The event is named after the local section of the Viking Way, an ancient track-way which originally linked Newark and Stamford.

it is open to children and adults, riding as individuals or teams, and all participants get great views of the Vale as they make their way around the route.

Around 100 volunteers help out at refueling stops giving out cakes and other refreshments.

Money raised for the school this year will help pay for a new cooking room and buy more tablet computers for pupils to use.

Go online at www.vikingchallenge.org.uk/enter to take part in this year’s event.