Local celebrities make last call for participants for charity cycle ride
Both Phil Spencer, from Location, Location, Location and former professional footballer Nicky Forster turned Sky Sports Football League pundit, are saddling up for the Castle Ride in Kent on Sunday 18 May, setting out from Tonbridge Castle. The ride is organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research and both Phil and Nicky are urging cyclists to join them and 700 riders for the popular cycling challenge. It’s not too late to join in the fun – you can decide on the day and still come along.
The Castle Ride 100 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.
Phil says: “As a dedicated cyclist, the Castle Ride 100 is my favourite ride of the whole year. It really is stunning, taking in the North Downs and loads of quiet county lanes. It’s incredibly well organised and is supported by first class medical support, mechanical services, great volunteers and wonderful snacks!
“At the Action Castle Ride 100 you can take on the shorter Cool route, which is ideal if you’re new to cycling. The Classic route is more challenging and the Champion route offers you the stiffest challenge and throws in the horror of Hollingbourne Hill into the mix. Go on, give it a go and join me!”
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.
Cyclists participating in the Castle Ride 100 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.
To enter on the day, turn up from 7-9am at Tonbridge Castle and pay the £55 flat fee which means you won’t need to fundraise. It includes feed stops, lunch, medal and post event massage.
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.
More information at: http://www.action.org.uk/castle_ride_100
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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.
Charity reg.nos 208701 and SC039284.