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Woking event pedalling towards £2million for charity

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09 Jun 2010

Cyclists in Woking are being urged to saddle up for the 22nd Woking Bikeathon on 9 May and raise funds to help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research beat blood cancers.

Starting from the Bishop David Brown School in Sheerwater at 10am, entrants can choose to do a 14-mile route or cycle up a sweat on the more challenging 29-mile route. The Bikeathon will be marshalled and signposted, with added refreshment stops along the way. 

Woking Bikeathon organiser John Stafford-Smith became involved with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research after losing his son Nigel to the disease in 1986 at the age of 24.

John says, "Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has made so much progress over the last 50 years. The survival rates, particularly for children are now so much better. Nonetheless, the number of people who are affected by blood cancers today is still quite substantial and we must keep funding research until we have 100 percent survival rates."

The Woking Bikeathon has raised over £1.8 million to date for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the organisers are looking for generous supporters to help them reach the £2 million mark. This year, 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. Everyone will receive a free medal and a T-shirt to commemorate the event!

John says, "Since 1988, thousands of local cyclists have helped the Woking Bikeathon raise vital funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and this year, you can help us to do better than ever! 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 please contact John Stafford-Smith on 01932 340013. To register, please contact Matt Short on 020 7269 9009 or email mshort@beatbloodcancers.org. To register online, please visit our bikeathon pages.

Early bird entry fees (before 31 March) are £8 for adults, £3 for juniors (children aged 8-13) and after 31 March, the fees are £10 for adults, £5 for juniors and families of 2 adults and 2 children can enter for £25 (additional members £3 each). 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 £30 per adult and £15 per child but may not receive t-shirt or medal.