Charity bike ride heads off for Tour de France - London to Paris in aid of medical research | Action Medical Research

Charity bike ride heads off for Tour de France - London to Paris in aid of medical research

21 July 2003
150 cyclists are gearing up for the ride of their lives, cycling from London to Paris to raise £150,000 for leading medical charity Action Research. The riders leave Blackheath at 7am on Wednesday 23rd July with a 300 mile challenge ahead of them. The Charity’s mascot, Paddington Bear, will be on hand to wave the riders off on Wednesday morning. The saddle sore riders will arrive at the Arc de Triomphe four days later to witness the final leg of the 100th Tour De France as it sprints towards the finishing line. Rob Orme from Action Research says “This year we are set to raise almost £150,000, double the amount last year. That means there’s more money for Action Research to spend on life saving research.” The Charity’s incredible track record of success means it has touched the lives of everyone in the UK. Rob Orme continues, “We are spending £10 million on 100 top research projects all over the UK. But despite the tremendous fundraising efforts of a lot of people, we are unable to fund all the worthwhile projects that apply for funding and desperately need more money.” Action Research will be running its London to Paris ride in July 2004 and is already looking for participants to take up the challenge. Participants can register by calling the events hotline on (01403) 327477, by email at, or at /Ends A Spokesperson for the Charity is available for interview about the ride at the start in Blackheath, or alternatively we have ISDN facilities at our Head Office. For a high resolution J-peg image e-mail: For further information please contact Rob Orme or Andy Proctor in the Action Research press office on 01403-327404 or 01403-327423 Fax: 01403 210541. Alternatively please email
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