Phil Spencer joins 1,000 charity cyclists for Action Medical Research Castle Ride 100 | Action Medical Research

Phil Spencer joins 1,000 charity cyclists for Action Medical Research Castle Ride 100

22 May 2013

TV’s favourite property expert Phil Spencer, former professional footballer Nicky Forster and Richard Hughes, the drummer from band Keane, were among almost a thousand cyclists who took to the roads of Kent for the Castle Ride 100 organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research on Sunday (19 May).

The event is expected to raise more than £64,000 to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children.

Starting and finishing at Tonbridge Castle, riders followed one of three tough but scenic routes through the beautiful Garden of England.

This is the third year that Phil, who can currently be seen presenting the new series of Location, Location, Location on Wednesday nights, has taken part in the Action charity cycling event.

He successfully tackled the 69-mile ‘classic’ route and said: “Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed pedalling almost 70 miles through stunning Kent countryside for a wonderful cause. The weather was very kind to us and a great day was had by all. The Castle Ride definitely retains its position as my favourite bicycle experience of the year!”

The event was supported by bike brand Trek and is now in its seventh year.

Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around premature birth, multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and diabetes, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children. Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.

The Castle Ride 100 will return in May 2014. It is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides taking place across the UK throughout the summer. All include chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics. For more information and to register visit



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Former professional footballer Nicky Forster with Action Medical Research charity volunteer Sarah Brennand:

Phil Spencer and Keane drummer Richard Hughes:

Phil Spencer on his bike:

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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.

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


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