Archive for April, 2017

£500 Dave Hitchen Grant to Amy Gornall

We first came across Amy Gornall (big sister to Rhiannon from our blog last week) last year. She had been racing on the road for 6 years and had been North West Regional Champion twice as well as representing the North West & Wales. The Dave Hitchen Fund provided Amy with a grant to help towards her travel costs for the upcoming year so that she could continue to  race up and down the country and gain enough experience to eventually be able to race abroad.

Amy’s 2016 season started well with some good results but unfortunately it was soon overshadowed by injury. Eventually, by September, she was back on the road to recovery and by Christmas she was back training with endless sessions in the gym.Amy G

Amy is now on her 7th season of racing and is riding for Podium Ambition. She is back racing again and wants to be able to race on the continent this year to gain experience riding in the next tier up from National level in the UK. She hopes to ride more races in the European circuit, as well as to perform well in the National Series races.

The Dave Hitchen Fund has given Amy a £500 grant to assist with the ever increasing travel costs of getting up and down the country racing as well as abroad on the European circuit.

You can keep up to date with Amy’s racing via her website



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£500 Dave Hitchen Grant to Rhiannon Gornall

2 years ago we were introduced to Rhiannon Gornall. She was 15 years old, studying for her GCSE’s and riding competitively in the North West Road League and the National Series. The Dave Hitchen Fund provided Rhiannon with a £500 grant to help with her travel costs for the year so that she could continue to race up and down the country.Rhiannon G new

Rhiannon’s cycling has been improving year upon year. In 2016 she raced nationally, on the North West Youth Tour and the Youth Tour of Scotland (where she finished 9th overall).

Her goals for 2017 are to gain experience racing at women’s national level in the U.K. as well as racing abroad. The Dave Hitchen Fund has provided Rhiannon with a £500 grant to help her with the travel costs so that she can race internationally as well as in the U.K.




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£1226 raised for Appleby Scout Group

1st Appleby Scout Group are the friendly faces that feed the Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive riders every March. They have become a regular feature at the Appleby food stop and are getting a reputation for fantastic sandwich1st Applebyes and a mean cup of coffee.

Thanks to the generosity of the Eden Valley Sportive riders, the scouts raised the grand total of £613, almost double the amount that was raised last year.

The scouts rely on this fundraising to be able to keep their group running, take the children on trips and camp, as well as undertaking a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities.

Epic Kidz have added a further £613 to the funds raised, bringing the total donation from the Eden Valley Epic riders to £1226.

This is a fantastic amount and it is greatly appreciated by 1st Appleby Scout Group. The group have been in dire need of some new tents to allow the scouts to go camping, attend camps and other overnight activities. The funds raised will allow the Scouts to purchase some brand new tents which will last them for years to come.


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