Football pundit Nicky Forster swaps studs for pedals for charity Castle RIDE100 | Action Medical Research

Football pundit Nicky Forster swaps studs for pedals for charity Castle RIDE100

21 March 2014

Nicky Forster, former professional footballer for Gillingham, Brentford, Birmingham City, Reading, Ipswich Town, Hull City and Brighton and Hove Albion, League club manager and Sky Sports Football League pundit, is taking on a whole new sporting challenge for the Castle RIDE100 that covers the beautiful North Downs, the Garden of England.

The football commentator is saddling up for the cycle ride on Sunday 18 May, setting out from Tonbridge Castle in Kent. The ride is organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research and Nicky is urging others to join him.

Nicky Forster, who scored 221 goals in over 700 appearances in the Football League, said: “I am really looking forward to riding the Castle RIDE100 because it’s a great cycle route that takes in a beautiful part of the country. Action Medical Research is also a fantastic charity undertaking vital research that can save and change the lives of many babies and children. I can’t wait – and as a competitive sportsman, I’ll be looking for a very respectable finish time.”

Last year’s ride saw more than 950 cyclists come together to share the challenge and amazing scenery, and raise a fantastic £72,000 for the charity.

The Castle RIDE100 is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides taking place across the UK. There is a choice of three routes, so there’s a ride suitable for everyone! The shorter Cool route of 34 miles is ideal for those new to cycling or who haven’t had time to train. The 70-mile Classic route is more challenging and the tough 103-mile Champion route is aimed at experienced sportive riders. All include chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics.

Cyclists participating in the Castle RIDE100 will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.  

Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

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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.

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