Cross border bike ride for charity

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Children’s charity Action Medical Research is looking for cyclists to sign up now for its Cross Border 100 bike ride this spring.

If you’ve made a new year’s resolution to get fit then signing up and training for a challenge could help to keep you motivated and on the right track.

Participants can register now to secure their places for this second year event, which takes place on May 22 2011. There is a choice of start locations, Haddington on the Scottish side of the border and Alnwick on the English. Both 100 mile circular routes intersect at the lunch stop where cyclists can meet up and enjoy rest and refreshments before completing their journey.

Mark Trott, UK Cycling Development Manager at Action Medical Research, says: “Having a target like a 100-mile bike ride to aim for can make it easier to stick to the promises you make at the start of a new year and ensure your good intentions don’t go to waste.

“100 miles on a bike is quite a challenge and your stamina and fitness will be tested. If it’s been a long time since you’ve done any exercise, start off with short rides and push yourself a bit further each time. By May you’ll be fit and ready to join us.”

Cyclists participating in the Cross Border 100 will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Research currently being supported by Action Medical Research includes work around premature birth, cerebral palsy, meningitis and epilepsy, as well as some very rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

This event is part of the charity’s popular 100 Series of one-day bike rides taking place across the UK. A total of 22 graded events are offered in stunning cycling locations, all fully supported with food and water stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics.

Places will be limited so make sure you register today. For more information about the Cross Border 100 and to register, visit the website www.action.org.uk/xborder