Time to saddle up as the Pedal the Border cycling challenge returns

Mark Harris, Alan Lewis of Adrenaline Sporting Events, Naomi Atkin and Lizzy Coleman of Lingen Davies

The Pedal the Border challenge returns this year, having raised £35,000 for the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund last year.

The event was created by Mark Harris, husband of Shropshire High Sheriff Dean Harris last year. Mark, who runs the Business Company, used the bike to aid his recovery while undergoing cancer treatment in 2014/15.

Places are now available – with two course options – the 100km or a shorter 50km for those who may not be as comfortable in the saddle. Both routes start and end at the headquarters of the event’s main sponsors, Aico, in Maesbury Road, Oswestry.

Both routes will have difficult aspects, so they are not recommended for novices. You will receive a 10-12 week training plan to guide you to a good level of fitness.

Individuals and teams are encouraged to participate, as well as corporate teams.

Entry fee includes training plan, medical cover, bike maintenance cover, road assistance, British Cycling insurance, finish medal, plus two food and rest stops .

Entry to the 100km race is £30 for individuals and £110 for teams of four. Participants are asked to pledge £100 in sponsorship.

The 50km race costs £20 for individuals and £75 for teams of four. The association asks for a sponsorship of £50 per person.

A Lingen Davies spokesperson said: “Last year our supporters helped raise over £40,000 for cancer patients across Shropshire and Mid-Wales which is nothing short of amazing. Congratulations to everyone who participated and thank you to our sponsors Aico, Rix Petroleum, The Business Company and Adrenaline Sporting Events for all their support.

“The money has helped us create three new clinic rooms at the Lingen Davies Cancer Center at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, and we are now in the final stages of funding a new CT scanner, both of which will see more patients on a daily basis at the Cancer Center.

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