TV Presenter, Fern Britton, is urging people to get in the saddle for the Capital’s biggest charity bike ride on Sunday 27 June - the annual Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research London Bikeathon.
Now in its 14th year, the London Bikeathon is expected to attract an impressive 6,500 people on routes that pass by some of London’s most famous sights, including Tate Britain, Royal Festival Hall, London Eye, Richmond Park and St Paul’s Cathedral.
This year Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research celebrates 50 years of leading the field in blood cancer research and cyclists of all abilities are invited to join in the festivities by taking part in the charity’s flagship event.
Fern Britton says: "The London Bikeathon is a brilliant event! It’s fun, it’s healthy and, most importantly, it’s raising funds to help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research save lives. It’s great that the event is geared towards people with different abilities.
"For the cycling enthusiasts, there is the epic 52-mile route, or you can choose the slightly gentler 12 or 26-mile routes as well. So what are you waiting for? Get involved and make this the best Bikeathon yet!"
Riders can choose to start at Thames Barrier Park in East London, Royal Hospital in Chelsea or the National Trust’s Ham House and Garden – where entrants and children can enjoy free entry to the grounds.
Younger riders are also encouraged to take part on the day by entering the children’s challenge, where they can ride around a 600-metre vehicle-free circuit within the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Sir Trevor McDonald and Alastair Campbell are among the celebrities who support the event. Alastair Campbell, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s Chairman of Fundraising, says: "After losing my best friend - the journalist John Merritt - to leukaemia in 1994 and later John's daughter Ellie to the same disease I am determined to do all I can to help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research find better treatments and cures for blood cancers."
In 2009, the London Bikeathon was a huge success, raising £480,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The organisers are hoping to smash that total for the charity’s 50th anniversary and raise more money than ever to help beat blood cancers.