Press release

Conservative Leader supports charity bike ride and helps raise £15,000

20 August 2012

Annabel Goldie, former leader of the Scottish Conservative Party came out in support of almost 300 riders who jumped on the saddle for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The participants riding Glasgow100 were set off on their tracks by the former Conservative Leader on Saturday 11 August and raised £15,000 for the charity.

Goldie voiced her admiration for the cyclists: “I take my hat off to all the cyclists who were prepared to tackle 100 miles for such a worthwhile cause. The band of volunteers deserve a special mention as they did a fantastic job ensuring everything was in order."

Glasgow100 was organised by Action and offered a varied terrain with a mix of coast and countryside to tackle from the outset. The route took a rugged landscape with some testing climbs and wicked descents through the Shires south of Glasgow dotted with laws and lochs.

Event Manager Janet Balcombe says "I applaud all the riders who braved such challenging terrain to help fund vital research for sick babies and children. It’s very inspiring to see so many repeat riders from DIVA100 and Trossachs Ton. Organising a ride in Bishopton is very special to me as it's my home turf. Thank you to all the riders at the event and I look forward to seeing you all again!”

This event is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides. Supported by leading bike brand Trek, these rides take place in fantastic cycling locations across the UK. All include chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics.

Cyclists participating in Glasgow100 will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

For more information about the Glasgow100 and to register for the 2013 event, visit http://www.action.org.uk/gla100

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Hi-res images can be downloaded using the links below:
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/annabel_headshot_march_2012.jpg

For more information about Glasgow100 contact:

Janet Balcombe, Community Fundraiser Manager, Action Medical Research
T 01505 864334
E jbalcombe@action.org.uk

For further press information on Action Medical Research, please contact:

Prarthana Rao, Interim Senior Press and PR Officer
T 01403 327480
E prao@action.org.uk
W action.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter at @actionmedres

Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:

• tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
• helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
• targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.

Action Medical Research has 30 years experience in organising successful bike rides. Routes are monitored and clearly signposted. Snack and lunch stops are provided and medical and mechanical staff are on hand at all times.

The RIDE100 series is supported by Trek Bicycle, a global leader in the design and manufacture of bicycles and related products. Trek believes the bicycle can be a simple solution to many of the world’s most complex problems, and is committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from using bicycles more often for transportation, recreation, and inspiration. For more information about Trek, visit www.trekbikes.com