Arkriders back in the saddle for two local causes

THEY are amazing supporters of Ark Cancer Charity – and now the Arkriders are saddling up again to support ArkCancer Charity and another Basingstoke-based charity, The Camrose Centre.

The Arkriders have been at the heart of Ark’s campaign to raise £5million to provide supportive care and complementary therapies to help cancer patients and their loved ones – raising more than £270,000 since they started fundraising in 2016.

The Covid-19 pandemic put the brakes on the Arkriders’ activities but now the Class of 2022 are gearing up to pile on the pedal power and pull in the pounds as they ride from Basingstoke to Bath and Back over the weekend of June 11-12 – a distance of 140 miles.

Craig Killick, a founder member of the Arkriders, said: “The Arkriders are pleased and proud to have raised such a great sum for Ark – money that has helped to deliver the Ark-funded Wellbeing Centre, which is supporting cancer patients and their loved ones, at Basingstoke hospital.

“We are also delighted to be getting back in the saddle again this year to raise money for Ark and principally The Camrose Centre, in Basingstoke, which provides support and assistance to the homeless, vulnerably housed, and socially isolated in Basingstoke and Deane.

“The Camrose Centre is a great local charity and the team are all fully committed to helping them raise money and awareness in 2022.”

“We have 48 riders taking part, all paying their own way, and we have donated £2,500 from the entry fees to Ark. Then our fundraising is aimed at The Camrose Centre and we are aiming to raise another £15,000”

Craig added: “We are particularly grateful to Basingstoke companies Winkworth estate agents and Neale Turk LLP Solicitors, which are the headline sponsors for the 2022 event, and also to Beaufort Financial (Reading) and Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club, which are support sponsors.

“As always, this will be a challenging, and hopefully fun, journey for the Arkriders, and if we can achieve our fundraising goal, any pain in the legs or other parts will be worth it.”

The riders and their support crew will be setting off from the car park of long-standing Ark supporter the Apollo Hotel. Basingstoke firm Fyffes has also chipped in with some welcome support by donating 100 bananas which will help to fuel the cyclists.

The Arkriders who have set up fundraising pages so far can be seen and supported by going to