Saddle up for Rugby Bikeathon and help Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Saddle up for this year's event.
Saddle up for this year's event.
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Cyclists of all abilities are being urged to saddle up for year’s Rugby Bikeathon in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research .

It takes place on Sunday June 7 and is being organised by Rugby Round Table.

Janet Haynes MBE organised the event for 20 years, but decided to step out the saddle last year.

This year is the 21st Rugby Bikeathon and Rugby Round Table is appealing for people to come forward and support it.

Malcolm Freeman, Chairman of Rugby Round Table said: “We are really excited to be getting involved in the organising of the event.

“Many of us have taken part over the years and we were desperate to keep the event going when Janet announced her retirement from the organisation.

With three different routes - the ten mile Tootle, 26 mile Marathon and the 50 mile Challenge - there really is something for everyone.”

Rugby Round Table help raise thousands of pounds every year by putting on the main fireworks display in Rugby.

Members are keen to keep the feel of the event and add to its success.

Alistair George from Rugby Round Table said: “It’s a fantastic charity and so many people have either been affected directly by these terrible diseases or know someone who has.

“The LLR do amazing work and the support of all entrants raising so much money each year is key. We are really pleased to be running the event, but we do need everyone’s support.”

All profits from the entrance fee and all the sponsorship money raised goes to the charity to continue its work so it really is easy for everyone who takes part to make a difference.

Those wishing to enter can do so in various ways – online at www.rugbybikeathon.co.uk, by picking up an entry form from various bike shops around the town, by getting a copy of the April or May Rugby Register or by dropping into Newmans Estate Agents to pick up a form. Entry is £15 for adults and £10 for children under ten. A family of four ticket (two adults and two children) is £35.

There are two start points – Newbold Riverside Academy car park or Brandon Royal Oak Pub.

Start times are 11am for the Tootle, 10.30am for the Marathon and 10am for the 50 Mile challenge.

For further details, visit www.rugbybikeathon.co.uk.