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Londoners get on their bikes to beat blood cancers

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28 Jun 2010

As the sun shone, more than 6,500 people geared up for the Capital’s biggest charity bike ride on Sunday 27 June - the annual Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research London Bikeathon.

The flagship fundraising event, which sold out in record time, marked Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s 50th birthday as the charity celebrates five decades of leading the field in blood cancer research.

The 14th London Bikeathon saw the largest ever number of participants pedalling to beat blood cancers. Organisers expect the fundraising total to be over £500,000, smashing last year's total of £480,000 raised.

Setting out from three starting points across the capital - Thames Barrier Park in East London, Royal Hospital in Chelsea and the National Trust’s Ham House - cyclists passed some of London’s most famous sights, including Tate Britain, Royal Festival Hall, London Eye, Richmond Park and St Paul’s Cathedral. 
 
Due to the London Bikeathon’s popularity, places for the event’s three routes, which offer cyclists a choice of either 13, 26 or 52-mile distances, sold out early.
 
However, younger riders could sign up on the day for the Kidz Ride, cycling around a 600-metre vehicle-free circuit within the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, passing the temporary Elephant Parade on site.

Each child taking part in the Kidz Ride received a medal, t-shirt and fundraising pack and throughout the day children enjoyed a range of fun activities including a bouncy castle, coconut shy and face painting. 
 
Sir Trevor McDonald and Alastair Campbell were among the celebrities to support the event. Alastair Campbell, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s Chairman of Fundraising, said: "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."
 
To see the London Bikeathon route or find out more, visit the event website.