Jennings Rivers Ride

The Second Annual JENNINGS RIVERS RIDE – Cycle Sportive – takes place on Sunday 16th September 2012.


 The Jennings Rivers Ride reveals some of the UK’s finest scenery and cycling terrain from the heart of the Lake District all the way out to the Irish Sea. It’s actually a series of three bike rides which start and finish in Keswick. It’s called the Rivers Ride because sections of the routes follow the affected river courses and criss-cross over many of the bridges that were either destroyed and replaced, or were badly damaged during the floods in 2009.

You can choose between:

Family challenge Ride £16This ride is supported by Cumberland Building Society
This is an all inclusive event that challenges youngsters (and their parents / guardians) to ride a distance of 11 miles around the beautiful Derwentwater .

Middle distance Ride £30This ride is supported by Armstrong Watson
An achievable cycling challenge for novices (with some preparation) and experienced riders alike. 40 miles of lovely Lakeland roads heading west to Cockermouth via Ouse Bridge, returning to Keswick via the rebuilt Lorton Bridge and finishing with a climb over Whinlatter Pass.

Big day out Ride £30 This ride is supported by Nuclear Management Partners
This is THE BIG ONE! A challenging ride for the more experienced rider. Don’t be deceived by the flat start which heads out to the Irish Sea at Workington. The route returns to Keswick via three of the Lake District’s major road passes; Whinlatter, Newlands and finally Honister – to complete an epic ride of over 85 miles with a sting that is most certainly in the tail.

New features for 2012
We listened to last year’s riders and we’ve improved the registration process and we’ll also provide secure bike parking so you can enjoy the Fun Day in Fitz Park. We’ve hired a much larger marquee so the entertainment and food will be in the same tent so you can enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake (free for riders) or sample the sponsor’s beer at the Jennings Bar. And if that wasn’t exciting enough we’re teaming up with ViewRanger so your friends and family can watch your progress round the course for FREE, in real time, online.

Raise a little…help a lot
If you can match your entry fee with sponsorship, we will help even more people in Cumbria. Getting sponsors is easy and straightforward using our Just Giving pages or by asking people to donate by texting CCFO11 £5 or £10 to 70070.  Click here for more information.

Earn your own Yellow Jersey!
Anyone raising more than £100 for Cumbria Community Foundation will receive a Jennings Rivers Ride Yellow Cycling Jersey and appear on the Jennings Rivers Ride Roll of Honour. There are also prizes for the most money raised by teams and individuals supporting Cumbria Community Foundation.

Cycling for a Reason
The Jennings Rivers Ride is held to raise money for the charitable work of the Cumbria Community Foundation. We are at the heart of community life in Cumbria. We make grants to local charities and people in need. Our grants help young people and old people, the disabled and those recovering from illness. We support around 500 groups a year, examples include: Copeland Cancer Support Group, Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club, Harbour Youth Project and Age UK South Lakeland.

Family Fun Day
It is not all about cycling as there’ll be a Family Fun Day in Fitz Park, Keswick at the start / finish point of the event. On the park you’ll find a large marquee with entertainment, food and drinks and a wide array of family-friendly games and things to do.

Making a Weekend of it
Keswick is in the heart of the beautiful Lake District – the Adventure Capital of the UK – and it’s a great venue to bring the family for a day out or for a weekend away.  For accommodation listings please contact Keswick Tourist Information on Tel: 01768 772645 or visit

Further Details about the event will be emailed out to participants at least one week prior to the event and put on the website. You can also download the leaflet and poster.

All enquiries regarding entries for this event should be directed to Event Organiser Email:

The Rivers Ride is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and the involvement of over 80 volunteers. A proportion of every entry fee goes towards the charity, we hope you will help by making an additional donation or raising money through sponsorship.

All enquiries regarding fundraising should be emailed to

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Rather Be Cycling is co-ordinating this event. Click here to visit their website.