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Cyclists of all ages are being invited to get on their bikes and raise funds for a good cause in the second Lichfield to Curborough Ride 4 Health, organised by Lichfield St Chad Rotary Club.

The family fundraiser, in aid of the British Heart Foundation, takes place on 1st October, 2017. It is being organised in conjunction with Curborough Sprint Circuit – the UK’s premier motorsports sprinting venue – and will give riders the unique opportunity to cycle around the beautifully-surfaced, traffic-free track.

Riders can either a complete a six-mile round trip from the Market Square in Lichfield to Curborough Sprint Circuit and back, with laps of the 3/4-mile circuit in between, or they can head straight to the track and complete a target number of laps. The latter option makes it a perfect fundraising event for families with young children.

Last year’s inaugural ride-out was designed to test the route and infrastructure, ready for rolling out to hopefully become one of the main fundraising events on the Lichfield St Chad Rotary Club calendar.

Event organiser, Rotarian Andrew Maw, said: “We held the event on a much smaller scale last year to test the route, facilities and infrastructure. Dozens of cyclists of all ages took part to raise £600 for the British Heart Foundation and it was very successful. We are confident we can roll it out on a larger scale and are hoping to get over 200 cyclists this year.

“We’ve made a few changes to the structure of the event and have decided not to charge an entry fee. We are asking cyclists to raise as much sponsorship money as they can. Entrants can be sponsored for the total distance covered, the number of laps of Curborough, or just a fixed sum of money, and there’s no minimum amount required.

“Rotary Ride 4 Health would not be possible without the support of Curborough Sprint Circuit, which has generously donated use of the circuit for the whole morning of 1st October. The circuit – which is three quarters of a mile long – is beautifully surfaced, traffic-free, has facilities for refreshments and will be fully marshalled.

“The route between Lichfield and Curborough will also be fully marshalled and is all on dedicated cycle routes, with the exception of Netherstowe Lane, which is a very quiet country lane.

“We want this to be an enjoyable fundraising event for the whole family; which will enable young children to do their bit for charity as well as encouraging families to get out and get active together. We hope to see lots of people signing up,” Andrew added.

Registration on the day is from 9am at the Market Square in Lichfield, with the ride setting off at 10am. Those cycling to Curborough and back must be back in the Market Square by 1.30pm. Cyclists who prefer to complete laps of the track only can register at Curborough Sprint Circuit at 10am.

All cycles must be in good condition and will be checked by Freedom Cycles prior to setting off. All riders must wear a helmet and children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult rider.

Participants can sign up online now at www.ride4health.co.uk.

Paper application forms are available from Tesco Lichfield, Freedom Cycles, most schools in Lichfield and any Rotary club member.

All participants will receive a T-shirt, medal and certificate.

Rotary Ride 4 Health is also being generously supported by the Staffordshire First Responders, Lichfield Round Table and Tesco PLC, with assistance from Lichfield City Council, Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire County Council.

Further information is available by emailing armm2710@hotmail.com or texting 07748 900171.

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