Cycle 4 Cynthia in Northamptonshire aims to raise a right Royal record by marking The Queen’s historic reign

The team at The Melbourne Arms in Duston
The team at The Melbourne Arms in Duston

Riders taking part in this year’s Cycle 4 Cynthia event are being encouraged to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history by wearing regal clothing or flying the flag.

The annual fund-raising bike rides takes place at Althorp on Sunday September 13 - just four days after the historic event. And they are calling on people to set a right Royal fund-raising record for Cynthia Spencer Hospice/

Hospice fundraising manager John Helm said: “It’s a great way to celebrate the ride’s strong connections to the monarchy. The hospice is named after one of the late Queen Mother’s ladies-in-waiting and indeed the then Queen opened the facility in 1976.

“Our Patron and generous host for the ride, the Earl Spencer, is of course the uncle and great-uncle of two future kings, while just two years ago Prince Harry sent a letter of support to those taking part, so it seems quite appropriate to say well done to Her Majesty in this way!

“But of course we don’t want to stop any republicans from pedalling! This wonderful event is for all riders of any age and ability and we’re encouraging everyone to join us in the hope that we can top the record number of 1300 riders which took part last year,” he added.

Among those leaping into their saddles are Saints coaches Jim Mallinder and Alex King and players Dylan Hartley and Sam Dickinson, while a 40-strong contingent from The Melbourne Arms at Duston is among the teams hoping to beat the impressive total of almost £64,000 raised in 2014.

Cycle 4 Cynthia, offering riders routes of 5, 25 and 50 miles, is at Althorp on Sunday September 13, starting from 9am. Entry is £20 for adults, £10 for children and £50 for families with all monies raised from entry fees, sponsorship and sales of the limited edition C4C cycle top priced at £25 going to the Hospice.

More details, including downloadable entry and sponsorship forms and online registration, are now available at www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk while you can also follow the latest news on the ride on Facebook or call the Hospice on 01604 678088.

Riders can also register in person at Cynthia Spencer’s Day Hospice on Kettering Road between 10am and noon on Saturday September 12, or turn up on the day.