| Essex Roads
Cycling Club based in Billericay, Essex have now organised in conjunction with
the Orchid Cancer Appeal their second charity ride to raise funds for research
into the causes and treatment of both prostrate and testicular cancer. The
'Life Cycle' held for the first time last year, raised a total of £3,500
and was attended by over 60 cyclists from around Essex. This year promises to
be an even bigger event with a large cycle jumble sale at the start and big
prizes for those collecting the most sponsorship, such as personally
autographed books from Chris Boardman and a Great Britain team jersey and
photos signed by Jason Queally.
This years ride will be held in tribute
to former Essex Roads member Gordon Irons who sadly died in 1999 from prostrate
cancer. Other club riders have also been successfully treated via St
Bartholomew's Oncology Unit, where the Orchid trust is based. Mark Stanbury,
General Secretary at Essex Roads said, "this is a very important event for club
cyclists in the area and novice riders alike". "It presents a great opportunity
to raise funds to fight a disease, which is striking more and particularly
younger men, we intend that this event will grow year on year". 'Life Cycle 2'
will be held on Sunday 23rd June 2002 and will start and finish in Lake
Meadows, Billericay, covering two distances of either 21 or 37 miles depending
on ability. The event will be fully marshaled and all participants will receive
a certificate to mark their efforts. Start time is 9.30 a.m. onwards.