Over 180 Cyclists Pedal Against Poverty for CAFOD

The rain may have stopped the tennis at Queens and the racing at Silverstone, but it didn’t stop anyone from taking part in CAFOD’s fifth annual Pedal Against Poverty sponsored Cycle Ride! 

CAFOD’s fifth annual Pedal Against Poverty sponsored cycle ride took place on Sunday, 12 June 2011.  The constant drizzle and blustery wind may have saturated the ride, but it failed to dampen any of the riders’ spirits.     

Cyclists during Pedal Against Poverty

Riding and smiling through the rain

“It’s a great way of having fun and doing exerise,” said Steve Carrivick, of Enfield, “I really enjoy the beautiful off road route. It’s a perfect day out for families.”

Apart from being a great day out, the annual ride makes an outstanding contribution to CAFOD’s poverty fighting work around the world.  Through Pedal Against Poverty 2010, CAFOD Westminster raised over £12,000 for projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.  For this year’s ride, CAFOD is hoping to raise nearer to £15,000, enough to bring clean water to 20 shanty towns in Latin America. 

“It is worth doing an event like this for the change you can make to peoples lives,” said John Ravi, Chaplain of St Anne Catholic High School in Palmers Green, who rode with a group of 25 students and teachers, “How can we complain about a bit of rain?  Others across the world face a lot bigger difficulties?”   

The annual cycle ride takes place in the Lee Valley Country Park, skirting alongside the river and canal through scenic forests and meadows.  Riders can choose between an 18 mile return route from Ponders End to Broxbourne, or a shorter 10 mile route from Cheshunt to Broxbourne.  On each route, everyone will meet in the country park to share in a community picnic.  Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome, though those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Click here to view pictures from this year’s ride, or watch a film of the 2009 Pedal Against Poverty cycle ride on Youtube. 

Watch this space for details of the 2012 Pedal Against Poverty sponsored cycle ride. 

In cased you missed this year’s ride, and would still like to contribute, you can do so on the event’s Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/CAFODPedalAgainstPoverty2011

Broxbourne Picnic

Riders stopped to enjoy a picnic lunch at Broxbourne


CAFOD also has a number of events coming up for the second half of 2011 and early 2012…so if you would like to challenge yourself in a new way and help support CAFOD’s work around the world, you may be interested in the following: 

Run To The Beat Half Marathon, 25th September 2011

This is London’s biggest half marathon and offers a buzzing atmosphere for runners and spectators alike. The theme is music, and bands of different genres line the course at every mile to spur the runners along. The race starts and ends at the 02 arena. CAFOD have lots of places available so it’s a perfect opportunity to register along with friends!  Visit: http://www.cafod.org.uk/get-involved/sponsored-events/run/run-to-the-beat-powered-by-nike-

Registration fee £35, minimum sponsorship £200


Royal Parks Half Marathon – 9th October 2011

This extremely popular race takes runners through four of London’s Royal Parks, and is known as one of the most beautiful races in London. It also covers many popular attractions including BuckinghamPalace, the London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament, and is always oversubscribed – our places in this are a bargain!  Visit: http://www.cafod.org.uk/get-involved/sponsored-events/run/royal-parks-half-marathon

Registration fee £25, minimum sponsorship £200


London Marathon – 22nd April 2012

For charity runners, this is the best marathon in the world, and is incredibly popular. Annually it draws half a million spectators to the streets, and 5 million watch the race on TV. We have places available and are currently accepting applications through our website. We will contact applicants in early October to tell them whether they have been successful. For a CAFOD place, runners must pay a £100 registration fee, then commit to raising £2500 in sponsorship. CAFOD will support you all the way: http://www.cafod.org.uk/sponsored-events/run/london-marathon


Enfield 10K Charity Fun Run

Local supporters around the Westminsterdiocese may like to join in the local charity fun run for CAFOD! It will appeal to runners of all abilities so is a great introductory event to raise money. To enter, go to http://www.enfield.gov.uk/info/451/sports-information_and_booking/870/mayors_charity_fun_run/1.


Feel free to get in touch if you would like more information on Pedal Against Poverty or any of the above events by emailing westminster@cafod.org.uk.

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