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Cycle challenge success celebrating 100 years

21 May 2014

Leading planning and design consultancies Barton Willmore and  Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, planning and economic consultants were delighted to sponsor and take part in The Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) North East Centenary Cycle Challenge that took place on Friday 16 May.1

Open to RTPI members and non-members, over 30 participants turned out to mark the occasion created to celebrate the RTPI’s centenary year which started from The Cycle Hub in Newcastle upon Tyne. Participants could either choose a 100km route and for the less energetic a 50km was also included.

The traffic-free route took cyclists along the Hadrian’s Cycle Way

The traffic-free route took cyclists along the Hadrian’s Cycle Way which travels between Newcastle and Hexham via Corbridge and through some of England’s most dramatic and wild countryside including Roman forts.  A special mention must go to Tyne Green Golf Club Enna Café who kindly provided their facilities for a well deserved lunch stop and fuelling people up for the return leg.

Following the ride, a free buffet at The Cycle Hub welcomed the cyclists back, which certainly helped to restore energy and relieve tired legs at the end of a very long day!.  Not only were the cyclists treated to dramatic and interesting scenery, goodie bags and prizes were also given away.

The event was organised by Caroline Strugnell of Bellway Homes with support from Kay Lough RTPI NE Regional Co-ordinator.

Stephen Litherland,  RTPI North East Chairman and group planning manager at house builder Bellway Homes said: “It was fantastic to see RTPI members and colleagues come together from all sectors to share in the North East’s Centenary Celebrations.  I would just like to thank our sponsors Barton Willmore and Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, the ride  marshall(s) and helpers and to everyone who participated in a great day.”

Stephen Litherland,  RTPI North East Chairman and group planning manager at house builder Bellway Homes said: “It was fantastic to see RTPI members and colleagues come together from all sectors to share in the North East’s Centenary Celebrations.  I would just like to thank our sponsors Barton Willmore and Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, the ride  marshall(s) and helpers and to everyone who participated in a great day.”

 “James Hall, Partner at Barton Willmore’s Newcastle office, said: “Speaking as a sponsor, this was a superb event to celebrate the RTPI’s centenary year and according to Barton Willmore’s participants, Kay Stevenson and Liam Tate, everyone had a fantastic day. We were delighted to be involved and I would like to thank in particular Caroline Strugnell from Bellway plc, Kay Lough from the RTPI NE and Stephen Litherland from Bellway Homes for all their hard work putting the whole thing together.””

Jonathan Wallace, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners Director and Office Leader said:  “We are delighted to support the RTPI in its Centenary year, and this was a great event which brought together all sectors of the planning profession to celebrate the role of the RTPI.”

The event is just one of a number being held in the region to mark the RTPI’s 100th birthday and will culminate in a Special Centenary Ball and Awards ceremony in October – do keep a look out on the website and e:notices from the Region’s Coordinator for more information on what’s happening next.

Photo Gallery (see below):  - All participants.

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This event was kindly sponsored by

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