Rugby Bikeathon: tootle, marathon or challenge this weekend

Staff at Bilton Pharmacy will be taking part in the Rugby Bikeathon.'Pictured are Ajit Barot ( Foreground ), Maddie Riddell, Zoe Heatley, Becky Sitford, Becci Morris, Samantha Allen & Sharon Jenkins
Staff at Bilton Pharmacy will be taking part in the Rugby Bikeathon.'Pictured are Ajit Barot ( Foreground ), Maddie Riddell, Zoe Heatley, Becky Sitford, Becci Morris, Samantha Allen & Sharon Jenkins
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CYCLISTS are almost ready for the biggest charity bike ride in the Midlands on Sunday.

There’s still time to enter the Rugby Bikeathon, which raises money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Participants can choose a ten-mile ‘tootle’, a 26-mile ‘marathon’ or a 50-mile ‘challenge’.

Bilton Pharmacy manager Ajit Barot has been taking part in the event for many years.

He said: “This is my first year working in Bilton so I thought it would be good for the team to get together and take part.

“The staff have been brilliant since I suggested we take part. They have taken it seriously and have been training for the event.”

Ajit felt inspired to take part because of his job.

“It’s a charity that’s close to my heart,” he said.

“I see a lot of patients who have leukaemia and I think the charity does amazing work.”

He praised the organisers of the event and is urging other people to join in.

“It’s so well organised and such great fun.”

“I know about 40 people who are taking part. We are all looking forward to it.”

Also joining for the first time is Advertiser editor Simon Steele, who is cycling the full 50 miles for the charity. He said: “I’ve been putting in a bit of training - hopefully just enough to allow me to wheeze to the finishing line.”

All routes start from Riverside Primary School, in Newbold, Rugby, or the Royal Oak, in Brandon.

The event is organised by Janet Haynes MBE, who said: “Everyone loves the Bikeathon and it’s going really well so far.

“Entries are flooding in which I’m really pleased about.”

It costs £8 per person to include a T-shirt and a pig roast. Telephone Janet Haynes on 01926 632258 or visit beatingbloodcancers.org.uk/cycling