Dermot Murnaghan joins riders on UK End2End challenge | Action Medical Research

Dermot Murnaghan joins riders on UK End2End challenge

8 June 2011

Newsreader and presenter Dermot Murnaghan was among a group of 140 cyclists who completed the first UK End2End ride for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The tough Lands End to John O’ Groats challenge saw participants riding an average of 115 miles a day for nine days solid and spending their nights camping out in a tented village. Riders pushed through some testing weather conditions at times, with TV star Dermot taking his turn at the front and the brunt of the wind.

The Eggheads presenter said: “The UK End2End ride fulfilled the ambition of a lifetime for me. As a leisure cyclist, it was always something I’d wanted to do. The highlight for me was not any one particular moment, although the finish came close, but the growing sense of camaraderie that developed amongst all the riders as we wound our way around the UK. It was the bonding through shared pain, effort and achievement. If anyone asks me if they should do this challenge with Action Medical Research I have a very short answer. Get your cycling shorts on!”

Organiser Matt Buck from Action Medical Research said: “Our brave cyclists showed amazing grit and determination to complete our first UK End2End ride. The great British weather really added to the challenge by throwing in some extremely tough conditions at times. They should all feel very proud of their achievement and the fantastic amount of money raised to help sick babies and children. The event certainly lived up to its reputation as the toughest cycling challenge the UK has to offer.”

The event has so far raised more than £340,000 to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Research currently being supported by Action Medical Research includes work around premature birth, cerebral palsy, meningitis and epilepsy, as well as some very rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Anyone interested in taking part in the next UK End2End ride from 26 May to 5 June 2012 can sign up now. The 1,000-mile route, has been designed by cyclists for cyclists, and passes through some of the most beautiful and remote British countryside.

For more information visit the website, or call 01403 327442. 

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For general information about UK End2End please contact Matt Buck, Challenge Events Fundraiser, Action Medical Research:

T 01403 327442

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

Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer
T 01403 327480

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.

Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.

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.

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