Cities’ 100 mile Charity Cycling Challenge | Action Medical Research

Cities’ 100 mile Charity Cycling Challenge

13 June 2003
A Charity is putting out a rallying cry for participants to take part in a fundraising cycle ride this summer to coincide with Bike Week from 14th – 22nd June. Action Research, the UK’s leading medical charity, is looking for cyclists for Bristol’s biggest charity bike event this year, The Action 100, on August 24th. Bike Week encourages the 10 million Britons who keep their bikes hidden in the darkest corner of the garage to get on… and get pedalling! And there couldn’t be a better time than Bike Week to saddle up in preparation for the Action 100. The event throws down the gauntlet to cyclists to ride the 100 miles from either Bath or Bristol to London on the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday weekend. Richard Westropp, one of the organizers says ‘We’re aiming to raise an amazing £35,000 for Action Research. The Action 100 is a fabulous challenge and it’s time to start thinking about training now. Not everyone who takes part is a keen cyclist and it’s certainly a great motivator for getting fit for the summer.’ Richard continues ‘There’s always a really warm welcome for riders at the finish at Chobham Rugby Club and we always have time for a beer or two before hopping onto the coach to take us back to Bristol and Bath.’ The route takes the 350 cyclists along the old A4 with plenty of refreshments and stopping at a pub for a leisurely lunch. Return transport to Bristol and Bath of both bike and rider is provided and it only costs £12.50 to register. This also covers all the administrative costs of the race, allowing all the sponsorship raised by riders to be donated to Action Research. Action Research is a national charity with a very local interest. Hospitals in Bristol and Bath are currently carrying out research with grants from the Charity. This includes work investigating the causes of premature birth, hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and cerebral palsy, leg ulcers/wound healing and bone healing with grants. Many riders are attracted to Action Research because of the vast range of diseases and disabilities that the Charity researches. Perhaps uniquely, the Charity can claim to have touched the lives of just about everyone in the UK through its groundbreaking work benefiting infants, children and adults. Most famously it developed the UK’s first polio vaccine. To take part in the Action 100 Bike ride on Sunday 24th August, contact Roy Clarke on 0117 970 6348 or go to www.action.org.uk .
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