Over 800 cyclists join TV’s Phil Spencer for charity cycle ride | Action Medical Research

Over 800 cyclists join TV’s Phil Spencer for charity cycle ride

23 May 2014

Both Phil Spencer, from Location, Location, Location and former professional footballer turned Sky Sports Football League pundit, Nicky Forster, saddled up for the Castle Ride 100 in Kent last Sunday. Over 800 riders set out from Tonbridge Castle for the ride organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research, raising over £50,000 to help sick babies and children.

Phil says: “It was a fantastic day and an amazing ride. I also brought along a gang of mates this year and they were not disappointed. The organisation and care from the Action team was first class, as always, from the signposting, to the food stops, route and goody bags - which is why for me the Action rides stand out from the crowd.”

“If you’re new to cycling, or a seasoned pro, I heartily recommend the Action Ride 100 series. The Castle ride through the most beautiful part of Kent is just stunning and a fabulous circular route. And we should never lose sight of where the money goes and what it’s used to achieve. The type of research that Action Medical Research funds really does lead to important medical breakthroughs that change children's lives.”

Phil continues: “Last year my sister-in-law gave birth to my twin nieces and they were born very premature at 24 weeks. Action has a long history of funding research in this area, contributing to breakthroughs that have helped save lives like those of my beautiful nieces.”

The Castle Ride 100 is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides taking place across the UK. There were three routes available: a Cool 34 mile route ideal for newer riders, the more challenging Classic 70 mile route and the Champion 103 mile course for more experienced riders.

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

Next year’s Castle 100 will take place on Sunday 18 May. Visit www.action.org.uk for more information.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

High-res pics of Phil can be downloaded using these links:
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/phil_with_h...
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/phil_on_bik...
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/phil_and_ma...

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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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