Ride for Helen Pedal Power to support Helen Rollason Cancer Charity!

Ride for Helen is back on Sunday 13th May for its fifth year and promises to be one of the region’s biggest and best cycling events in 2018 for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity!

Cyclists from across the county will be meeting at the Crix in Hatfield Peverel, Essex to take part in this fantastic, family-friendly event which offers a choice of cycling routes to suit all capabilities; 6 miles, 15 miles, 35 miles, 65 miles and NEW 100 miles.

All ages and abilities are welcome to join in as individuals or as a team, and families can enjoy two FREE child places for every paying adult on the 6 mile route. Included in the registration price is a fundraising pack, route maps, route signage, first aid support, mobile mechanic support and recovery, refreshment stops and a medal for finishers. Entrants have the option to purchase a Ride for Helen t-shirt on registration or a special cycling jersey which has been designed for the charity by Scimitar – available to purchase from www.stores4sports.com

Nadije Butler from Ilford has volunteered to act as sweeper for the 65 mile route; “My role as sweeper involves cycling at the end of the 65 mile riding group to ensure all riders are safe and keeping together. I really enjoy this role and it will be my third year in a row taking part as a volunteer.

As a breast cancer survivor myself, I know first-hand how important complimentary therapies and support are for cancer patients and their nearest and dearest. I am delighted to support the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity – they do amazing work and have helped so many people and their families.”

Hayley Robertson, 29 from Southend works at Essex Audi and will be taking part in the event in May; “I have taken part in Ride for Helen a number of times already, but missed out in 2017 as I had a baby! Now my little one is 10 months old I’m really keen to get back into training and involved in this fantastic fundraising event again.

My colleague Chris Nobes and I have challenged ourselves to take part in the 100 mile London to Surrey cycle ride in July, so we have signed up for 65 miles for Ride for Helen – just enough to warm us up! We all know someone who has been effected by cancer so I am really pleased to be supporting the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity at this annual event – let’s keep our fingers crossed for sunny skies!”

HRCC Fundraising Manager Kate Alden said: “We are all really looking forward to this year’s Ride for Helen as it’s always such an exciting and popular event which attracts a variety of participants. We have worked really hard to map out the best routes through the beautiful Essex countryside to ensure that all of our riders have a fantastic experience.

I’d like to thank Essex Audi for the use of their vehicles as recovery cars, Wilkin & Sons for providing the medals, drinks and snacks for everyone taking part and Winfresh for donating bananas – perfect for a healthy energy boost! Also thanks to The Lion at Boreham for providing essential water, Spokes Cycle Care and Repair in Chelmsford for their services and repairs and Eat Natural for donating their snack bars and bike seat covers.

In 2017, Ride for Helen raised an incredible £41,442 for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, with over 1,400 people taking part. It was fantastic to see families, groups of friends, and experienced cyclists all enjoying the ride. We also feel very lucky that our patron Ian Twinley, has kindly allowed us to use the beautiful grounds of The Crix as a starting and finishing point every year. We couldn’t organise such an amazing and successful event without the help of our dedicated team of volunteers, staff, sponsors and supporters.”

For more information or to register, please visit www.rideforhelen.co.uk or call 01245 380719.

If cycling isn’t your thing but you’d still like to get involved, why not volunteer on the day? We have lots of fun and exciting roles for you to get stuck into – call us on 01245 380719 for more information.