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Look out for ElliptiGO-goers at Action’s Winchester 100

9 July 2012

Over 250 cyclists will be taking part in Winchester 100, organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research, on Sunday 15 July but 10 participants will be taking on this cycling challenge in an extraordinary way.

Self employed graphic designer Alan McDonogh 54, from Almac Studio in Northampton will be completing the 100-mile route on an ElliptiGO – the world's first elliptical bicycle.

“I came across the ElliptiGo last year and learnt how it was designed to minimise the risk of injury. I have done some cycle rides but it was my recent introduction to Action Medical Research which spurred me to sign up for Winchester 100. I am delighted to be doing my bit to raise money to help sick babies and children.”

Winchester 100 offers a choice of a 100-mile or a shorter 100km route setting out from Sparsholt College, Winchester. Both routes take in the beautiful scenery around the New Forest as they head towards Salisbury via Grimstead and then on to Wimbourne Minster before passing through Fordingbridge.

Cyclists participating in the Winchester 100 will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and since 1952 has spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth, and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

This event, supported by leading bike brand Trek, is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides taking place across the UK. All include chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics.

Cyclists can join Alan by registering online before Wednesday 11 July or by signing up on the day at 7am. For more information about Winchester, visit the website www.action.org.uk/winchester_100




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For further information on the Winchester 100 please contact:

Leigh-Beth Stroud, Community Fundraiser, Action Medical Research
T 01403 243959
E leighbeth@action.org.uk

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

Prarthana Rao, Senior Press & PR Officer
T 01403 327480
E prao@action.org.uk

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Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. Since we began in 1952 we’ve have spent more than £100 million on medical breakthroughs that have helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. 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

But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.

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.

The RIDE100 series is supported by Trek Bicycle, a global leader in the design and manufacture of bicycles and related products. Trek believes the bicycle can be a simple solution to many of the world’s most complex problems, and is committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from using bicycles more often for transportation, recreation, and inspiration. For more information about Trek, visit www.trekbikes.com


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