After more than a week of scorching hot weather, Sunday dawned overcast and cooler – a relief to some, and none more than the riders of Mayor Keli Watts’ Boundary Bashing Bike Ride. Over 30 cyclists took part, coming from as far afield as Reading, Crick, the West Midlands and Leicestershire, as well as Kettering Borough residents, including some from Geddington. Mayor Keli told me that some cyclists were there because they had seen the posting on this website.
Mayor Keli has been a member of the CTC (The Cycling Touring Club – the cyclists equivalent of the motorist’s AA), for over ten years and has been planning this event to be part of her mayoral charity work. The ride was organised by the CTC and many of their members supported this event as well as Racing Club members, but some cyclists just wanted to be a part of this event.
Before starting, Mayor Keli Watts thanked all those who had helped get this event under way, in particular, Tim Bellamy of Kettering Borough Council, and Max Scott of the CTC.
The ride started at Geddington Cross and went on a 47 mile route via Rushton, Pipewell, East Carlton, Weston-by-Welland, Sutton Bassett and Dingley, and had their first refreshment stop at Braybrooke. The second stage saw them moving on to Arthingworth and Harrington before stopping at Mawsley Village Hall for more refreshments. The third stage of the ride took in Broughton, Orlingbury, Isham and Burton Latimer, before turning towards Cranford, Grafton Underwood and back to the finish at Geddington.
The event was covered by the Evening Telegraph’s renowned photographer, Kit Mallin. A ‘long-term snapper’ turned snapped!
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After the Ride, a well-earned rest for Mayor Keli and colleagues. Keli said: ” Everyone had a very good time, and the visitors to the county were amazed and impressed by the beauty of it. And the best of it? We’ve raised £305 for my charities.”