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Cyclists encouraged to Hop to it!

Cyclists in Goole are being invited to get pedalling to help raise vital funds for a charity supporting homeless people.

There are routes available for all abilities, from hardcore cyclists to more sedate Sunday amblers and riders will enjoy a scenic route along the Humber and the River Ouse before finishing off with a free pub buffet to reward their hard work.

The ‘Humber Hop’ takes place on Saturday, July 2, and starts in North Ferriby, following the Humber and the Ouse west to Selby, then returning via the same route to North Ferriby.

There are a number of route options, including off-road, ranging from a 33-mile one-way Selby to Ferriby route all the way up to a 100-miler for the hardcore cyclists which takes in some roads south of the Humber. For the really serious pedal pushers, there’s also a 125-mile route taking in parts of North Lincolnshire.

Refreshments will be available along the way, including at the Cheese Shop in Howden and the Old School Room in Blacktoft. There will be a free buffet for all participants at the end of their ride at the Duke of Cumberland pub in North Ferriby, as well as a goodie bag.

Registration fees will be donated to Emmaus Hull, a group of local volunteers who are working towards creating a community in Hull where up to 30 formerly homeless people will live and work on a range of social enterprise activities.

Organiser Mark Ellam told Our Goole: “Emmaus Hull does some amazing work to support local people and I’m proud to be fundraising for it. This is not a race, people can take it at their own pace and set off whenever they wish.

“If anyone wants to be guided on the off-road route, I’ll be doing both legs and people are welcome to join me. For those wanting to start in Selby, we can arrange to transport them and their bikes if they let me know in advance.”

To register, participants are asked to donate £20 per person, £30 per couple or £35 per family to the Emmaus Hull charity by visiting https://fundrazr.com/HumberHop. They can also join the Facebook group Humber Hop! to find out more, ask questions, and receive updates.

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