Blackpool ride raises charity money

The ride organised by Francis McAndrew raised almost £580:

Rides needed for next runs list

The next runs list is now available (under Rides). There are still many gaps in the list, so please will ride leaders take a look and volunteer so that we can fill the list? Please send details to Roger.

A ride cancelled on 29 July

The A ride has been cancelled on 29 July because of predicted heavy rain for much of the day.

Manchester — Blackpool

Six riders from SMCTC successfully completed the annual Manchester to Blackpool charity ride on 8th July. Congratulations to (left to right) David Goatman, Mike Phillips, Francis McAndrew (organiser of the SMCTC contingent), John Thorogood, and also Bill Irwin and Mark Lucas, who raised money for Francis House Children's Hospice in Didsbury.

Manchester—Blackpool ride, further details

If any one wishes to join the charity bike ride to Blackpool we are staying at the Silversands Hotel 3 Burlington Road West, New South Promenade, Blackpool, FY4 1NL. Tel 01253 341459. Website:  Cost is £40 for a single room.

Many Thanks.

Francis McAndrew

Talk by Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont, who holds the world record for cycling round the world in under 80 days, will be giving a talk about this at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 25th July, at Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester. Tickets £5 available on the Waterstones website.

Manchester to Blackpool Ride, 8th July

Dear Friends,

I'm doing a 60 mile Charity Bike Ride from Manchester to Blackpool on Sunday 8th July with members of the South Manchester CTC to raise funds for Francis House Children's Hospice in Didsbury. If you are free on Sunday 8th July please join me on the charity bike ride to Blackpool. Just go to bike events online:  Manchester to Blackpool and group bookings, look for South Manchester CTC to register.

If you would like to kindly sponsor me please go to Just Giving online fundraising. Just enter my full name: Francis McAndrew.

Website: http//

Thank you,

Francis McAndrew
[ Member of South Manchester CTC ]

Garmin tutorial and discussion

On Thursday 17th May we plan to hold a meeting at the club room to discuss how to use Garmin GPS units for route following and ride recording. This special session will cover popular, free, route planning systems such as GPX Editor, BikeHike, RidewithGPS, and how to load GPX files onto your device. As well as an overview of these tasks, we hope that Garmin users will come along to share their experiences and tips. The meeting will take place at the usual time, 9.00 pm.


Buxton Adventure Festival

We’ve been asked to help publicize this forthcoming event in Buxton.

On 15th May, adventurer Dave Cornthwaite is headlining the LowePro Buxton Adventure Festival.

 Dave is best known for his Expedition1000 — a mission to complete 25 1000+ mile non-motorised journeys, with the latest being a 1500 mile slog along the tortuous coast of Norway on a Schiller Bike.

 Our support speaker is Kajsa Tylen, who completed over 32k miles on a bicycle in 365 days, breaking the previous, 80-year old record.

 For further details and for tickets visit:

Janice’s Soup Kitchen Ride

Janice Bennett (pink top, centre of photo) organised her annual charity ride, ably assisted by Phil (in front of fridge), taking in a number of scenic (read hilly!) lanes around Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley and New Mills. Suitably hungry, we then repaired to Janice’s house for her usual array of delicious home-made soups and cakes. A great day out and sincere thanks to Janice and Phil. 

Janice sends her thanks to all those who supported this event. The total raised was £225, which will be divided equally between Blyth House Hospice (in Chapel-en-le-Frith), and East Cheshire Hospice (in Macclesfield).

(Clare Ridgway kindly took the photo — she was there too, and cycled all the hills!)

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