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FIREFIGHTERS LAUNCH CHARITY CYCLING CHALLENGE

100here100therelaunchA team from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is aiming to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity by organising a gruelling cycling challenge, which has been officially launched today (Tuesday). 

The 100 Here 100 There challenge is made up of two separate events that will take place in June and September 2015 respectively. The charity challenge was officially launched at Ryde Fire Station this lunchtime with riders, support crew members and representatives from each of the charities. The fire service’s Chief Fire Officer, Steve Apter, shared his support.

The 100 There part of the challenge will see a team of 10 local firefighters and a support crew attempt to cycle from the Isle of Wight to Monaco and back. The fundraising team will leave the Island on Saturday 12th September 2015 and return on 26th September, cycling over 200km every day. Each leg includes three days in the mountains of the French Alps and three days across the rolling terrain of France.

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During the challenge, they will ride up many mountains and will ascend the climbs of Alp D’Huez and Mont Ventoux, both made famous by the Tour de France.

All monies raised will go directly to the following organisations for the benefit of Island residents:

  • The Wessex Cancer Trust – Isle of Wight Cancer Support Centre
  • Isle of Wight ASBAH – Association of Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus
  • Alzheimers Cafes – Isle of Wight
  • Parkinsons UK – Isle of Wight branch
  • Cruse Bereavement Care – Isle of Wight branch
  • Families of Ocean Ward – Southampton’s Children and Young Adult Heart Services

The 100 Here element will take place on Sunday 28th June and is open to all. It incorporates a choice of two cycling routes around the Island – one covers 100km while the other sees participants cycle over 100 miles in length with more than 3000 metres of climbing involved.

Both routes will be fully supported and registration and entry details can be found on the website http://www.iow100.com/.

Last year, a similar challenge raised over £40,000 to open a Cancer Support Centre in Newport, as well as raising funds for Seeds4Change and The Firefighter’s Charity. It is hoped that at least £20,000 can be raised throughout 2014 and 2015.

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