9 March 2010
A team of more than 30 West Midlands police officers are getting ready to take on a 100-mile cycle challenge to raise funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research.
Team West Mids has been amassed by Road Policing Officer PC Chris Brock, based at the Stechford Operational Command Unit, and will take part in the charity’s Outdoors Show 100 bike ride on Sunday 28 March. The ride starts at the National Exhibition and Conference Centre (NEC) in Birmingham and heads out through Warwickshire then into the Cotswolds hills where the team will tackle tough climbs up Saintbury Hill and Snowshill.
Chris, 33, who is leading the challenge, only became a serious cyclist six months ago, having got involved in a cycle to work scheme. The event will be his first ever 100-mile ride – the furthest he’s cycled so far is 50 miles.
The 31-strong police team involves various ranks and departments and has a mixture of men and women of various ages and cyclists of various abilities.
The charity cause is very close to Chris’s heart as he and his wife, Karen, have experienced the heartbreak of four miscarriages. The charity’s Touching Tiny Lives appeal specifically funds research that aims to prevent pregnancy complications and premature birth, as well as help sick and vulnerable babies.
Karen and other family members have volunteered to help out on the day and three-year-old daughter Libby will be there to cheer her dad on.
Chris said: “All the riders have been hard in training for the event and are looking forward to the challenge of the day. Any charity which supports children is an excellent cause and one which we as a team are fully supporting in our efforts.”
Team West Mids are being kindly supported by Mike Vaughan Cycles in Kenilworth, who are supplying kit.
To sponsor Chris and the team please visit www.action.org.uk/sponsor/teamwestmids
Anyone who is interested in taking part in the Outdoors Show 100 themselves can find out more at www.action.org.uk/out100
. Entry costs £25 and you will also need to raise a minimum of £25 in sponsorship.
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Notes to editors:
Accompanying photograph available on request shows members of the police team, including Chris Brock.
Back (L-R): PC Ian Patrick, PC Rhys Williams, Insp Derek Packham, PC Chris Brock, Sgt Bev Lane, Insp Mark Powell, Sgt Allan Green, Mike Vaughan and Matt Clinton (both from Mike Vaughan Cycles)
Front (L-R): DC John Cullwick, PC Luis Martin and PC Estelle Albutt.
For more information please contact
Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer
Tel: 01403 327480
Action Medical Research has more than 25 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.
Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.
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.
Our special Touching Tiny Lives appeal helps fund doctors searching for ways to reduce the high rate of premature birth, prevent pregnancy complications that threaten babies’ lives, and develop better treatments for sick and vulnerable babies.