Cyclists' cash boost for Parkinson's UK

By Martin Neville

Monday, September 1, 2014


Cyclists' cash boost for Parkinson's UK

The start of the 20 mile Pedal for Parkinson's. Picture by Nathan Lewis.

AROUND 90 keen cyclists donned their lycra and took to the saddle to raise vital funds for a Parkinson’s support and research charity yesterday (Sunday).

The beautiful Isle of Wight countryside provided the setting for Pedal for Parkinson’s — a one-day cycle ride in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

The Island — described by Lonely Planet as a "cycling paradise" — was specially selected as just one of five locations in Britain for a Pedal for Parkinson’s ride.

Starting at Seaclose Park, Newport, the event featured two routes — a 20-mile cycle to Brading via Wootton and Smallbrook Stadium, heading back along the downs road, and a longer 60-mile ride taking in the West Wight, including the iconic Military Road.

The routes were designed to suit all abilities, from families to experienced cyclists.

A charity spokesman said: "Parkinson’s UK is hoping to raise £15,000 from the event. The funds will make a real difference to our work to improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s in the south of England."

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