Children’s charity Action Medical Research launched a New Year giveaway on Sunday 1 January 2017, to promote its popular RIDE100 events this summer. The charity is offering UK cycling fans the chance to win a Thule ProRide in Black, an Action jersey signed by Joanna Rowsell MBE and a free entry to a RIDE100 event in 2017 by entering their details at action.org.uk/new-year-giveaway.
Other goodies in the bundle worth more than £250 include a Purple Harry cleaning kit, Garmin Ride Out Jersey, High 5 Nutrition Bundle and Halfords Puncture Repair Kit.
Action Medical Research is running six rides across the UK in 2017:
- The Suffolk Sunrise on Sunday 7 May, a ‘sell-out success each year’ which sets out from the backdrop of Framlingham College
- The Castle Ride 100 on Sunday 14 May, from Tonbridge Castle, which serves up quiet villages and scenery – for the first time, this ride offers an Epic route at 125 miles
- The Trossachs Ton on Sunday 18 June, which sets out from Stirling and takes in the Double Duke, two ascents of the Duke’s Pass, on the Champion route
- Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride on Sunday 25 June, which offers the chance to join ambassador Davina McCall on a ride through the leafy lanes of East Sussex
- The York 100 on Sunday 20 August, which is supported by Welcome to Yorkshire and takes in some of the best scenery the county has to offer
- The Essex 100 on Sunday 3 September, through the North Essex countryside to close Action Medical Research’s cycling event season
Entry to the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides, supported by Chain Reaction Cycles, is £25 for the Cool routes or it’s £38 to join the Classic and Champion routes (the Epic edition of the Castle Ride is £55). All include chip timing, food and water stations, marshals and mechanics.
Since Action Medical Research began in 1952, it has spent more than £115 million helping support medical breakthroughs that have helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. Some of the work it previously supported is now commonplace in medical care, such as the vaccines for polio and rubella, the use of ultrasound scanning in pregnancy and the importance of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida.
It is currently funding research into premature birth, meningitis, Down syndrome and epilepsy, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.