Smooth pedalling for Sprockets

The 2014 Stawell Medical Centre Sprockets cycling team has once again completed the gruelling five hundred and twenty kilometre relay ride from Echuca to Port Fairy to raise funds for Stawell Regional Health.

Stawell's Murray to Moyne Sprockets team members (back) Naomi Altmann, Peter Wemyss, David Tapscott, Terri Clarke, Mal Elliott, David Francis; (front) Darren Linke, Lindsay Knight.

Stawell's Murray to Moyne Sprockets team members (back) Naomi Altmann, Peter Wemyss, David Tapscott, Terri Clarke, Mal Elliott, David Francis; (front) Darren Linke, Lindsay Knight.

Celebrating its 28th year participating in the Murray to Moyne, the 13 member Sprockets team raised $7,500 for equipment to go towards the newly completed Oncology Centre at the Stawell Hospital.

This year's riders were Naomi Altmann, Mal Elliott, Terri Clarke, Lindsay Knight, Darren Linke, Anthony Morey, Peter Wemyss, David Tapscott and ride co-ordinator David Francis. Ottis Francis who individually raised $600 had to withdraw at the last minute due to illness.

The support crew included Somnath Sekaran, Geoff Illig, Sharon and Josette.

"The 2014 ride ran very smoothly with the weather remaining fine the whole journey," David Francis said.

"Again in 2014 many cyclists surpassed their personal distance goals. It was great see the return of Mal Elliott after a couple of years break and welcome new rider Lindsay Knight.

"The Stawell Sprockets have ridden in the Murray to Moyne event since its inception in 1986 and for the first time we received the most courteous team award, primarily through the exemplary driving skills of Somnath Sekaran."

Many staff members from Stawell Regional Health kicked in to help the Sprockets during the ride.

A special thanks to Shirley and Gavin from Food Services and our newly appointed physiotherapist Jackie for providing the well-earned dinner break and massages as we passed through Stawell on the Saturday night.

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