After much deliberation the MacRide Events Team has decided not to run further rides - we've had a great run over the 35 events during the past eleven years.
The rides, and nearly 2,000 MacRide jerseys, have contributed close to £800,000 (including £36,000 to the Stratford Hospital Appeal in 2015/6) that MacRide Events has raised for Macmillan Cancer Support since that first 25 and 50 mile MacRide 2005. We made the decision in 2015 to take a break from the April & September mass events in 2016 and just run the MacRide Tour - and then to take view on whether we continued.
Lots of reasons for the decision - the time and amount of work in the organisation from planning pleasant and safe routes, risk assessments and H&S stuff etc - along with the marketing and administration to get enough riders signed-up to make it work within the tight cost budgets.
We also have a few changes in the Team : Jenni now spends about the half of the year in New Zealand and Aidan has moved away from the area; my excuse is that whilst I'm pretty much recovered from the cancer that hit me in 2014 I'm not getting any younger!
I'd really like to thank everyone that has been involved with the events - that's the riders, their sponsors and fundraising contributors, the businesses and organisations and suppliers that have supported us in both cash and kind and the on-the-day volunteers.
Thank you again - it's been great fun and a pleasure to meet so many wonderful people.
Rob & The MacRide Team
The website will remain live until at least November 2017
MacRide Events was a non-commercial group organising fund-raising events for Macmillan Cancer Support - the organising team was comprised entirely of volunteers.