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Cycling constabulary call on local business support for children’s charity

30 May 2013

Andrew Dixon (46), Norfolk resident and Custody Detention Officer for the Norfolk Constabulary, and colleague Police Sergeant Mark Mitchell (44), are taking on the Action 3 Cities cycling challenge for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The two cycling constabulary co-workers decided to take on the challenge, riding through London, Amsterdam and Brussels, cycling over 300 miles in four days, to raise funds for the charity that is dedicated to funding vital research to help babies and children.

The pair’s fundraising efforts will also include a 24 hour Darts Marathon at the Green Park Centre, Wicken Green Village, Norfolk. The free entry, child-friendly event will run from 12pm on 29 June until 12pm the next day.

As well as the darts, to which guest players are invited, those coming along to the event can also expect a BBQ, disco and children’s entertainment provided by Mobile Disco Network from 7pm. There will also be a raffle with some great prizes to be won. The cycling pair are calling on local businesses to donate raffle prizes to the cause.

As parents, both Andrew and Mark, recognise the importance of the research that Action funds and promise 100 per cent effort to the challenge for the cause close to their hearts. Seven-year-old Arran, Andrew’s son, and Mark’s sons, Archie (6) and George (3), are all thankfully healthy and active.

In September 2004 Mark lost his Dad, Malcolm, to throat cancer. “When this happened I promised myself that I would do something for charity in his memory, but it took me a while. I was really overweight and it finally struck me that I was no longer the Father that two young children needed. I had always cycled to work and really enjoyed it. That was the first step! I have shed 38 pounds since September 2012 through cycling.”

Andrew says: “I’m a keen cyclist, but 3 Cities will be my first big challenge for Action. Both Mark and I completed the Suffolk Sunrise 100, 12 May, for Action and it was very impressive. A great route and the food was great too. It’s good to be able to give something back for such a deserving cause and I urge everyone in the area to support us!”

The 3 Cities cycling challenge takes place from 10-14 September 2013. The route will take riders through the rolling countryside of Essex, the low lying plains of Holland and the rural landscape of Belgium before reaching the final destination - Brussels, where they will have an opportunity to celebrate their achievement by sampling some local delicacies.

To sign up for the Action 3 Cities Cycling Challenge visit

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A hi-res image of Andrew (on the right) and Mark can be downloaded using the links below:

Cyclists from the 2012 Action 3 Cities rides:

For general information about 3 Cities Cycling Challenge please contact:

Oly Watts, National Events Manager
T: 01403 327 443

For further press information on Action Medical Research cycling events and accompanying photography, please contact:

Toni Slater, Communications Manager
T: 01403 327478

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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. 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.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

Action Medical Research has more than 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.

Other Action events in 2013:

London 2 Paris: 17 – 21 July 2013 cycle 300 miles from London to Paris
UK E2E: 16 – 26 August 2013 cycle 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats 

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