Spin instructor joins her toughest cycling challenge yet for a children’s charity | Action Medical Research

Spin instructor joins her toughest cycling challenge yet for a children’s charity

25 May 2012

Trossachs Ton, part of the RIDE100 series, is proud to welcome on board a qualified spin and fitness instructor who has also encouraged 12 fellow gym members to participate in the cycling challenge taking place in Stirling on 17 June.

Angie Nicholls, 32 is a keen cyclist from Dundee. She has been a fitness instructor in Bannatynes gym in Perth for over a year now. She has also held a special fitness workshop for Action Medical Research riders to put them through their paces.

Angie says: "The ability to contribute to the health and wellbeing of innocent children touches the hearts of all. Having worked in research, I appreciate the importance of public funds to allow the continuation of vital, life-saving research. We are very pleased to be supporting Action Medical Research and hope they continue to do outstanding work in supporting babies and children.”

Trossachs Ton is open to cyclists of all abilities and those who sign up have a choice of either a 100-mile route, or a shorter 100km route for those hoping to take it a bit easy. The registration for the bike challenge opens at 7.00am and the ride sets out from Stirling High School on Torbex Farm Road.

Event Manager, Janet Balcombe from Action Medical Research says: “Angie and her colleagues at Bannatynes in Perth have been incredibly supportive in organising special fitness workshops for fellow Trossachs Ton riders. I wish all those that have entered The TON a fantastic day in the ride on the 17th June.”

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

Cyclists participating in Trossachs Ton 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 has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

Places are limited so make sure you register soon. For more information about the Trossachs Ton and to register, visit the website http://www.action.org.uk/trossachs_ton

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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. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has 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 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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