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9th June 2013. The 16th annual Wetherby Cycle Ride, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

9th June 2013. The 16th annual Wetherby Cycle Ride, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

With the Grand Départ less than three months away and a cycling buzz being felt across Yorkshire local people are being invited to get on two wheels for Wetherby’s annual cycle ride to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The annual event, which has been organised by Boston Spa couple Ann and Jeff Newton for 16 years, last year attracted 265 people who raised £5,574 for the charity. Ann said: “We have seen the benefits that the money raised has provided in terms of the improvements in cancer detection and treatment, particularly in the impact this has had on the quality of life for those people diagnosed.

“A number of the participants, who have themselves had treatment for various cancers, have returned every year to support us and have expressed their appreciation of the value of the work funded.”

The event, which will start out from Wetherby High School at 10.30am on Sunday June 8, will aid research by Professor Alan Melcher at Leeds-based St James Hospital and will be sponsored by Cyclesense of Tadcaster.

David Stainthorpe of Cyclesense said: “It is great to be involved with the event, Ann and Jeff put a lot of hard work into organising a safe and fun ride. All the participants have a really good time, my wife and I join in on our bikes too.”

There are two routes to choose from - 20 or 30 miles - suitable for cyclists of all abilities and open to over 12-year-olds.

Entry is £8 for adults, £4.50 for children and £19.50 for families. Registration and sponsorship forms from Ann at 01937 841470, or info@wetherbycycleride.org.uk.

 

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