CYCLISTS took on a 50 mile cycle challenge earlier this month, in aid of a large variety of local worthy causes.

On September 12, the Rotary Club of Andover staged its first cycling event, which saw participants take on a 50-mile route along the highways and byways around the villages of Andover, starting and finishing at Thruxton Circuit.

Cyclists raised money for local charities including Unity, Ssafa, Young Carers and Riding for the Disabled.

Those that completed the course all agreed that it was very challenging but rewarding, with Unity volunteer Henry Salmon first to cross the finish line.

Club president Ian Carpenter said: “We are delighted to have raised £2,990 for local charities, it was a fantastic day.”

The medals and the medical support, Collingwood Medical, were sponsored by Barker Son & Isherwood Solicitors.

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