HEALTH: Cycle for Cancer Research UK

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Registration is now open for this year’s Rotary Dorset Bike Ride in aid of Cancer Research UK (CRUK), which takes place in September.

Last year over 730 riders from across Dorset and southern England took park in the event, raising nearly £50,000 for CRUK.

Organisers are hoping this year will be bigger and better, beating last year’s numbers to top over £300,000 in total since the event started in 2012.

Entrants can choose from eight different routes varying from 10 to 108 miles through beautiful Dorset countryside, starting and finishing at Longthorns Campsite (near Wareham), and catering for families as well as more experiences cyclists.

image of kids taking part in the charity bike ride

Free car parking, free food stations around the route and free massages at the finish point, are all included in the nominal registration fee, and feedback from riders is always very positive.

Many riders bring stories of loved ones, family or friends, who have fallen ill with cancer, with an amazing sense of wanting to do something to help find cures for the many different types.

Pushing boundaries

Richard Burnett from Westbourne Rotary, organiser of the 2019 event said: “We’re looking forward to another successful year. We are optimistic that we can raise around £50,000 again this year, thanks to the support of the hundreds of cyclists who come along to take part in the event.

“Cancer Research UK is at the forefront of helping to find new cures for cancer. Those taking part in the 2019 Rotary Dorset Bike Ride will be helping to push the research boundaries once again so we can increase survival rates beyond the current 50%. (Over 10 years)”

Sponsors cover the entire cost of staging the event so that both the sponsorship raised by the riders, and the full entry fee goes to CRUK.

This year’s sponsers include: Daily Echo, Dorset Echo, Longthorns Campsite, Actavo, Harvest Fine Foods, Dorset Flapjacks.

To register for this year’s event, organised by the Rotary Club of Westbourne, visit the website here.

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