Dogs join hunt for funds in group’s cycle challenge

With the hounds, from back left, Honor Barker, Sophie Gannon, Nicki Williams, Henry Barker and Lisa Cartlidge, with Camilla and Lizzie Coombes in the front row

With the hounds, from back left, Honor Barker, Sophie Gannon, Nicki Williams, Henry Barker and Lisa Cartlidge, with Camilla and Lizzie Coombes in the front row

First published in

HOUNDS of the Heythrop Hunt joined their masters for a different sort of ride over the weekend.

The group held a 120-mile cycle tour to raise money for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

And the dogs joined them on Sunday, as they covered some 30 miles.

Hunt member Sophie Gannon, of Hook Norton, said the group had aimed to raise £1,000, but it had so far received pledges totalling £2,585.

The 35-year-old said: “In the countryside we rely on the emergency services, who help us when we have problems, and we wanted to give something back to them.

“We set up a JustGiving page to get sponsorship and so far we have had a really good responses.”

The ride set off at 8am on Saturday from the Greedy Goose pub, in North Aston, and finished on Monday in Chipping Norton.

Lizzie Coombes, 20, said: “It was a great weekend and crossing the finish line was quite emotional. The pain and the rain was worth it.”

For more information or to donate, visit justgiving.com/teams/ tourdeheythrop

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Eight men arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual grooming after dawn raids in Oxford this morning + video

Oxford Mail:

9:05am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

EIGHT men have been arrested this morning on suspicion of rape and sexual grooming in Oxford.

All bus subsidies now at risk in county council’s hunt for savings

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

ALL SUBSIDISED bus routes in the county could lose the extra money they receive from Oxfordshire County Council.

The sleuth neighbours who won justice for their friend

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

A FORMER solicitor has been handed a record £305,000 fine for taking advantage of a “vulnerable and elderly” lady by acquiring her house at a knockdown price.

Woman attacked in People's Park in Banbury

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

11:51am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

A WOMAN was assaulted while walking through a park in Banbury, police said.

GOLF: Eddie Pepperell looks forward to Open debut

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Eddie Pepperell described qualifying for his first Open Championship at St Andrews as the “icing on the cake”.

Postmaster gets special honour for 25 years of serving the community

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

A POST office owner who has served the Risinghurst community for 25 years is being recognised by the Indian and British Governments for his work.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree