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Get pedalling to beat blood cancers at Vyrnwy's charity Bikeathon

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14 Apr 2010

Cyclists in Mid Wales and Shropshire are being urged to pedal for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the charity dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, at the Vyrnwy Bikeathon on Sunday 25 April.

Now in its 13th year, the Vyrnwy Bikeathon has raised an incredible £170,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to date. Starting at 10:00am from Llanwyddyn School, cyclists can enjoy a gentle ride around the 13.5-mile circuit, whilst taking in breathtaking views of Lake Vyrnwy. The route also caters for cycling enthusiasts who are encouraged to challenge themselves by completing the circuit twice! 

The Bikeathon will be marshalled and signposted, with added refreshment stops to keep the cyclists energised along the way. All riders are being encouraged to take part in a challenge to raise at least £50 in sponsorship to help celebrate Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s 50th anniversary, and will also receive a medal and a t-shirt to commemorate the event!

Bikeathon organiser Tony Dart has a special reason for supporting Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Tony and his wife Sue sadly lost their son Paul to leukaemia in 1992, when he was just 17 years old. 

Tony says: “We don’t want anyone to be in the same position as us, and go through what we had to go through. Thanks to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, survival rates have improved so much over the last 50 years, but there’s still a lot to do. 

“The cure is out there somewhere, and we can find it. If everyone raises sponsorship money together we will be able to make a difference to the lives of those affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers. Give us a call to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.”

For local information, contact Vyrnwy Bikeathon organiser Tony Dart on 01691 658855 or Lynn Evans on 01686 420 648. To register, you can speak to Matt Short, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Bikeathon Coordinator, on 020 7269 9009, email mshort@beatbloodcancers.org or visit the Vyrnwy Bikeathon event page.

Entry fees are £5 for adults, £3 for juniors (children under 16) and a family team of two adults and two juniors can register for just £15 (with £1 for each additional junior). Entrants under 16 must have parent/guardian’s authority to take part and if under 11, must be supervised by a participating adult cyclist. People can also register on the day, for £10 per adult, £5 per child but may not receive t-shirt or medal.