Over 80 whacky racers hit the manicured grounds of Sausmarez Manor last Sunday for the muddy mayhem of JingleCross. The event was the brain-child of Mark Smith of the Guernsey Velo Club, devised as a fun out of season fund-raiser suitable for both the GVC elite cyclists and beginners alike. The riders raised over £970 for the Jonah Gillingham appeal over the hour-long race that carved paths of mud through the award winning sub-tropical gardens of the stately home. The racing started with a children’s race which was hotly contested and then followed up by the main event which saw fancy dress riders and decorated bikes negotiate some cyclocross style obstacles, increasingly hydrated by beer.
Though the Guernsey Velo Club is all about competitive racing there were no prizes for first place in JingleCross- instead the prizes went to the best fancy dress and bike decoration: a Dalek, a pirate captain on a pirate-ship bike and a hirsute Goldilocks being just some of the notable outfits amongst a “jingle” of santas and elves. The top prize went to Steve de Carteret who’d fashioned a functioning Postman Pat child trailer to go behind is home-built bicycle. Prizes were generously donated by Adventure Cycles, Cycleworld, Ian Brown’s and GVC. The event was made possible by the kind donation of sausages and baps from Perelle Butchers, ale from the Whiterock brewery, the efforts of GVC mountain bike committee and the permission to use the land from Peter de Sausmarez.
Organizer Mark Smith said “We were delighted by the support that the club showed for the Jonah Gillingham fund-raiser. Not only did we raise a substantial sum of money for a great cause, but the riders and spectators had an absolute hoot too. There are calls for us to repeat the event next year.”