The inaugural Birmingham Bikeathon – the largest charity cycle ride ever to be hosted by the city - will take place on Sunday 21 September, offering anyone with a bike the opportunity to take to the saddle and raise funds to beat blood cancer.
With the full support of Birmingham Council, riders can choose to cycle one of the three routes on offer (26 miles, 52 miles or 100 miles), starting and finishing in iconic Centenary Square. Broad Street will be closed to traffic for the whole day, allowing participants and spectators to come together as a community and experience the unique carnival atmosphere.
Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, says:"Birmingham is proud to be hosting the Bikeathon in the city on Sunday 21st September. We as a city are keen to get our residents more active more often, and events of this nature are a perfect fit for our city. The event has a fantastic reputation, and I look forward to being a part of an event that not only promotes cycling, but also raises an exceptional amount of money each year for charity."
Birmingham celebrity and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research ambassador Geoff Thomas, who survived leukaemia, has urged his fellow residents to get on their bikes. The former England and Wolves footballer says:
“Birmingham is really special to me. I will always be eternally thankful to the doctors and nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham as their skills and care helped me win my battle against blood cancer.
Birmingham is central to the life-saving work carried out by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Currently, the charity has £13.4million invested in 29 different blood cancer research projects and clinical drugs trials in the city.
The University of Birmingham coordinates the charity’s innovative Trials Acceleration Programme, which works to improve access to new drug treatments for blood cancer patients via a network of 13 hospitals across the country.
Gavin Bendle, a Birmingham University researcher whose work is funded by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: “Our work in Birmingham will ultimately mean that more patients with blood cancers can benefit from the exciting discoveries that we are making from clinical trials. The critical role that the charity plays in funding the research in Birmingham is one of the reasons why I will be taking part in the Bikeathon.”
Mark Wilson, Director of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, adds:
“We are excited to be launching such a unique cycling event in a city that continues to be so integral to the work that we do as a charity. We look forward to seeing the streets of Birmingham full with riders having a great day out, and in doing so, raising money to help us achieve so much more for blood cancer patients.”
For further information, please contact Stephanie Cade at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Press Office on 020 7269 9019, 07824 375880, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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