Thursday, 5 March 2015

Saddle up for Silver Jubilee bike ride

Photo: Riders setting off from the Air Ambulance base at Marden at the start of last year’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge

Hundreds of cyclists are expected to get on their bikes for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s annual bike ride this year as the charity celebrates its Silver Jubilee.

More than 300 riders entered last year’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge and helped raise a record £45,000 for the helicopter emergency medical service which relies almost entirely on donations.

The 100-mile and 100km rides start and finish at the helicopter bases in Marden and Redhill and will this year include a 25-mile route to mark the charity’s 25th anniversary.

Entrants can now sign up online for the ride on September 27th with the first 200 receiving an Air Ambulance jersey.

The circular routes combine all counties covered by the helicopters and this year’s event has again kindly been sponsored by Fidelity Worldwide Investment.

Vicki Haxton, Senior Manager Corporate Citizenship, said: “Fidelity is proud to be supporting the Double 100 Cycle Challenge for the second time in their jubilee anniversary year. We are delighted to support the Air Ambulance and help raise money for this incredibly worthy cause.

“The air ambulance is a vital service in this area and we recognise the significant contribution they make towards saving lives in our community. We are looking forward to many of our employees participating in the event.”

The 2015 Double 100 has also been sponsored by Howard Cundey Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, and supported by Halfords, Warburtons and Bobby’s Foods.

The ride is open to regular and occasional cyclists including individuals and teams with free lunch and refreshments provided at feeding stations along the scenic route. The registration fee is a minimum of £15.

Riders will set off between 7am and 9am with free parking, changing and toilet facilities available at both starting points. Motorbike marshals will be riding the course throughout the day and there will also be mobile mechanics and a breakdown recovery vehicle.

To register go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/involved/Double100 and for more information call Julie Clare on 01622 833833, or email juliec@kssairambulance.org.uk

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