New mum takes on Bucks 100 cycle challenge | Action Medical Research

New mum takes on Bucks 100 cycle challenge

27 August 2013

New mum Antoniya Georgieva will be riding the Bucks 100 cycle challenge for children’s charity Action Medical Research. The Bucks 100 will start out from the stunning Waddesdon Manor on Sunday 15 September, taking riders through the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

Antoniya gave birth to her first child, Dominik, in November 2012. Recently back on her bike after nearly a year out of the saddle, she is slowly ramping up her weekend rides preparing for the 47 mile route option she has chosen.

“Although the ride will be a real challenge for me, as a new mum who has been away from cycling for a while, I feel very motivated. Raising vital funds and awareness for Action Medical Research is very important. Although my experience of childbirth with Dominik was positive, I am now more aware than ever of how difficult it must be for other families when things do not go so well.”    

Returning from maternity leave in October, Antoniya will again be working as Scientific Director of the team at the University of Oxford Centre supported by Action Medical Research investigating ways to help diagnose problems during childbirth. Midwives and doctors currently use equipment that was introduced nearly 50 years ago.

The researchers hope to be able to introduce into hospital practice a computer programme to interpret the baby’s heartbeat. This will help confirm whether the baby is getting enough oxygen and whether an urgent delivery by caesarean section is necessary.

“Professor Christopher Redman, at Oxford University, is leading the clinical side of the research and it is because of his vision that we have data going back to 1990 on thousands and thousands of patients, which no-one else in the world has. The work is very challenging but is crucial to help babies who experience distress during childbirth and prevent unnecessary caesareans.”

With a choice of a 47-mile, 68-mile or a tougher 101-mile route, the Bucks 100 ride is a great day in the saddle for both the experienced and less experienced, or even novice rider. Funds raised will go to Action Medical Research.

Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded. The charity is currently funding research into conditions including Down syndrome, premature birth, epilepsy, meningitis and rare diseases.

For more information and to book your place go to: http://www.action.org.uk/bucks_100

To sponsor Antoniya please go to: http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/antoniyag

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

High-res picture of Antoniya and her son Dominik can be downloaded from this link: http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/amr_ride2.jpg

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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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The RIDE100 and Action DIVA series are 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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