Get on your bike for a family fun day

PUBLISHED: 11:58 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:17 06 May 2010

THREE charities are urging people to get on their bikes to raise much needed funds. Cyclothon 51 on the Sandy to Bedford national cycle network is set to raise money for Bedford s Macmillan Primrose Unit, The Ivel and Ouse Countryside Project s barn owl b

THREE charities are urging people to get on their bikes to raise much needed funds.

Cyclothon 51 on the Sandy to Bedford national cycle network is set to raise money for Bedford's Macmillan Primrose Unit, The Ivel and Ouse Countryside Project's barn owl box appeal and the Marston Vale Trust's Walking 4 Health initiative.

The 15-mile ride will take place on Sunday, June 18, starting at Sandy Market Square before heading to the Priory Country Park in Bedford and back.

The safe route follows the old railway line for most of the way and is ideal for families to enjoy a healthy day out for good causes.

"Last year Cyclothon 51 raised over £3,000 for local charities and this year we hope to top that amount," said Carrie-Anne Rowley, of the Ivel and Ouse Countryside Project.

"More than anything it is about having fun with the family, friends and colleagues, enjoying some gentle outdoor exercise and discovering the wonderful new cycle route between Sandy and Bedford.

"If we can all raise a little money to help make Bedfordshire a healthier, happier place to be, then all the better."

Cyclothon 51 is organised by the Ivel and Ouse Countryside Project in partnership with Sandy Tourist Information Centre, Bedfordshire Hospitals Charity and the Marston Vale Trust while the county council is funding the project as part of a programme to encourage more cycling.

The event takes place between 9.30am and 4pm and riders can start at either end of the route and there will be three stations along the way where riders can check in or monitor their mileage and where there will also be refreshments and toilets.

And if you haven't got a bike then you can hire one at the Danish Camp, Willington - 01234 838709 - or Priory Marina Cycling at Priory Country Park telephone 01234 340090.

Sponsor forms are available from Sandy Tourist Information Centre.

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