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MUG Bike Ride

Thursday 15 September 2016

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This October, round up your friends, hop on your bikes and help local charity Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG) to support those affected by male cancers in Guernsey.

The third MUG Bike Ride will take place on Sunday 9th October allowing riders to cycle a scenic 12-mile coastal route.

Cyclists are being asked to 'ride for a life' again this year. This might be for a loved one or a friend who has been affected by cancer, is undergoing treatment or has sadly lost their battle with the disease. Riders can write a message about their personal reason for riding on the number bibs which will be supplied at the start line.

The ride will take around two hours to complete and is set to be a great family day out as anyone over the age of seven can take part. There will also be plenty of mountain bike fun to challenge more adventurous riders.

'What's so great about this ride is that there's something for everyone. It's a great opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful spots in Guernsey as some sections are not usually open to cyclists,' explains organiser Mark Smith.

The route starts at Saumarez Park and will follow the path to Grandes Rocques, then on to Rousse and L'Ancresse then Bordeaux before finishing at Vale Castle where there will be food which is kindly sponsored by ABN AMRO, refreshments and music by indie pop and rock band, Fly Casual.

The ride can accommodate up to 900 people, and entry is £10.00 per person and £5.00 for under 16's. The first riders will set off at 9am and start times will be staggered throughout the morning.

Some great prizes are also up for grabs for those able to raise any of the following sponsorship amounts: £20 to receive a Specialized water bottle, £50 for a MUG polo shirt and £100 for a MUG hoody.

In memory of Thomas Martin-Sarre, an 18-year-old who died of cancer in 2014, a special trophy will be presented to the young person (aged 18 or under) who raises the most sponsorship money.

Anyone raising sponsorship is encouraged to use, or print a sponsorship form here.

Riders will also be entered into a draw to win a bike from Ian Brown's Cycle Shop, and the person who can fundraise the most will win an overnight stay at the Fermain Valley Hotel including dinner for two.

'Back in 2012 the ride raised £15,000 and in 2014 we raised nearly £20,000 in sponsorship and entry fees,' says Trevor Kelham, founder of MUG. 'The money helps MUG to prevent, treat and raise awareness of male cancers in Guernsey. We're hoping that even more of you will take part this year and help us to keep the momentum going - quite literally! It doesn't matter how fast or fit you are; the main objective is to have some fun and think about male health.

'We'd like to thank Ian Brown's Cycle Shop and Mark Smith of the Busy Guernsey Bee for their organisation and sponsorship, and the Fermain Valley for their generous prize. We're grateful to have these local businesses supporting such a community-driven event.'

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