The region’s main cancer charity is calling on the business community to get in the saddle this summer – and be part of the Pedal the Borders cycling sportive.
The popular event, which has raised more than £70,000 for local cancer services over the last two years, is making its return on Sunday, 10th September, with three brand new routes to choose from. There will be a 25km, 60km and 100km, making it a perfect challenge for both novice cyclists and those who are more experienced on two wheels.
Lingen Davies Cancer Fund introduced Pedal the Borders to its events schedule in 2021, after business consultant Mark Harris used cycling to regain fitness after his own cancer experience. Mark, MD of The Business Company, was inspired to create Pedal the Borders for Lingen Davies – and he has now taken on the role of Chair of Trustees for the organisation.
All three routes start and end from the event's headline sponsors, Aico, in their state-of-the-art headquarters on Maesbury Road, Oswestry. Each route crosses the Shropshire-Powys border, with cyclists able to enjoy stunning scenery, either as an individual, corporate team or group of family and friends.
Lizzy Coleman, Fundraising Events Lead for Lingen Davies, said: "We are delighted to bring back Pedal the Borders for a third year. Over the last two years our supporters helped raise more than £70,000 to benefit cancer patients throughout the region which is just incredible. We are very grateful to have the support of Aico once again as our headline sponsors and Adrenaline Sporting Events organising the challenge. It is also great to have the support of local businesses, Rix Petroleum, Henshalls Insurance Brokers, and McPhillips as event sponsors, and shows how valued Lingen Davies is by the wider business community.
"Funds raised from the previous events have helped us create three new clinic rooms at the Lingen Davies Cancer Centre at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and contributed towards funding a new CT scanner. However, there is always more we can do to enhance local cancer services, helping to improve the lives of those impacted by cancer."
The new 25km route allows anyone of the age of 12 to participate, accompanied by an adult. Entry fees includes a training plan, medical cover, bike maintenance cover, on-the-road assistance, British Cycling insurance, a finishing medal, as well as two food and rest stops.
To sign up to the event visit www.pedaltheborders.co.uk