CYCLISTS of all ages and abilities are once again being urged to get on their bikes and help raise funds for life-saving research.
The popular annual Rugby Bikeathon takes place on Sunday, June 17, in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Cyclists can choose from a ten, 26 or 50-mile ride.
Advertiser editor Simon Steele is among those saddling up for this year’s ride.
He said: “I used to claim I was a bit of a cyclist, but it’s really fallen by the wayside - with all the usual poor excuses like work and young children.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back on my bike for such a good cause. I don’t do enough exercise and getting ready for this event is the perfect incentive - assuming of course I can round up plenty of sponsorship money from my Advertiser colleagues if I finish the 50-mile route.”
Bikeathon organiser Janet Haynes stresses the event needs more people like Simon to pledge their support. She said: “I think it’s great the editor of the Rugby Advertiser is taking part.
“Entries are coming in thick and fast now.”
All proceeds from the Bikeathon will help research into blood cancers.
Janet added: “This year - for the first year ever - £30 million was invested in research.
“It’s the highest they have ever invested in one year and we need to keep it funded.”
She said a lot of the money is being spent on clinical trials.
“New treatment is getting to people more quickly,” said Janet.
“It’s very important to help when times are hard but we will get there in the end.”
There’s a choice of three routes; the ten-mile tootle, 26-mile marathon or the 50-mile challenge.
Cyclists can choose one of two start venues, Riverside School in Rugby or the Royal Oak in Brandon.
Entry forms are available at Halfords, Elliots Field; Herberts, Railway Terrace; Thorntons, Cambridge Street; Paddox Cycles, Hillmorton and Lutterworth Cycles, George Street, Lutterworth.
For more information telephone 01926 632258, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit beatingblood cancer.org.uk/cycling.