Kettering building society celebrate Women’s Tour with charity pink bike race

Gloria on the pink bike
Gloria on the pink bike

Staff at a Kettering building society will be marking the arrival of the Women’s Tour in the town next month by completing a race on their own decorated bike for charity.

On Friday, June 19, five competitors will take 15-minute turns on the static bike, set up in the Market Harborough Building Society office in High Street, as they cycle the equivalent to the distance between all of their branches in the region – a total of 42 miles.

Paula Stacey and Gloria

Paula Stacey and Gloria

They will be displaying the bike, which they have decorated themselves in celebration of this year’s Women’s Tour finishing in the town on the same day, from Monday, June 1.

It will be modelled by their special athletic guest, Gloria the dummy.

Branch manager Paula Stacey said: “It will be a really nice day, though our legs will be aching by the end of it.

“Hopefully it will be a really busy day in the town and we are looking forward to being involved in the festivities.”

The idea came after local authorities visited businesses in Kettering, asking if they would like to take part in a competition to decorate their own pink bikes in honour of the Tour.

Mrs Stacey said: “We decided to take it a step further, so we used an exercise bike instead and came up with the challenge to raise money for charity.

“All the money we are raising will go to Cransley Hospice – we will hopefully be organising some local sponsors before the event and we will have donation buckets with us in the branch on the day.

“Our last event for Cransley was a bake sale and we raised £100, but we would like to at least double that this time.

“The distance we are cycling between us should cover the distance between all our branches, including Rothwell, Desborough and Market Harborough.

“We will start at 10am, after the morning rush of customers has died down, and it should take us four to five hours.”