Cyclists turn out in force for Rugby Bikeathon

Newbold Riverside School hosted one of the starting points for this year's charity Bikeathon, in aid of Bloodwise.  Pictured: Graham Wort & Rob Harris.
Newbold Riverside School hosted one of the starting points for this year's charity Bikeathon, in aid of Bloodwise. Pictured: Graham Wort & Rob Harris.

The sun shone brightly as cyclists saddled up for this year’s Rugby and Coventry Bikeathon.

More than 600 people turned out to participate in the event on Sunday – with a large number signing up to ride on the day.

The event is in its 22nd year and organised by Rugby Round Table, with the support of Newmans Estate Agents, Rugby FM and the Rugby Register.

People of all ages got involved and could choose to complete either a 10 mile, 26 mile or 65 mile route to raise money for the charity Bloodwise.

Janet Haynes MBE, who has been involved with the Rugby Bikeathon for over 20 years, said: “We were so lucky to have such a fantastic day.

“It was a little bit chilly to start off but it soon warmed up and we had the perfect weekend.

“Everyone loved it and the comments we got on the day were wonderful. We’re already looking forward to next year!”

All of the money generated through sponsorship and participant entry fees will be donated to Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research).

Janet added: “The money raised goes towards funding research for 137 different blood cancers. It needs as much money as possible.

“The funds are absolutely vital and I’d encourage people to keep raising money as you never know who is going to be affected by blood cancer.”