Saddle up to help people with leukaemia with Rugby Bikeathon

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Cyclists are being urged to saddle up for this year’s Rugby Bikeathon.

The event is being held on Sunday, June 8, to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

There are three routes: a ten-mile designed to suit families and novices, 26 miles for intermediate cyclists and then a 50-mile route for serious cyclists.

Janet Haynes MBE has organised the Rugby event since it was launched - with this year’s being the 20th bikeathon.

She said: “There has been some really tragic deaths of young people recently which highlights the desperate need for a cure.

“Research has come a long way, but so much more must be done.”

Janet said she hopes this year’s event will be bigger and better than the last.

“Whether you ride with friends, family or colleagues, the bikeathon is a great day out, raising money to help beat blood cancer,” she said,

If bikes aren’t your thing, volunteers are also needed to help at the event.

People are needed to the start and finish in Newbold and Brandon and along the route at checkpoints, drink stations and marshalling at junctions.

It starts at 10am, 10.30am and 11am depending on the distance cyclists have chosen.

Entrants set off from Newbold Riverside Primary or the Royal Oak in Brandon.

Janet said: “The tootle, marathon and challenge routes all take in the Warwickshire countryside, famed for its history, so take in as much as your pedalling will allow.”

The routes take in local villages such as Pailton, Brinklow, Wolston and throughout the countryside with checkpoints along the way to track your progress.

Cyclists then enjoy refreshments and a pig roast.

For more details please call Janet on (01926) 632258 or email

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