Hundreds cycle from Wareham for Cancer Research

Hundreds cycle from Wareham for Cancer Research

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 8th September 2019.

Hundreds of cyclists will be taking part in the Rotary Dorset Bike Ride today.

Over the last seven years the event has raised £250,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The ride starts from Longthorns Campsite near Wareham.

Richard Burnett from Westbourne Rotary and event organiser said: 

"We are optimistic that we can raise around £50,000 again this year, thanks to the amazing support the event has built up over the years.

"We aim to cover all the costs of staging the event, so that as well as the sponsorship raised by the riders the entire online entry fee goes to Cancer Research UK."

Cyclists set out on the ride this morning from Longthorns Campsite near Wareham
Cyclists set out on the ride this morning from Longthorns Campsite near Wareham

Some of the reasons cyclists have given for signing up show just how important this event is.

Comments include: 

"My wife died of breast cancer last October after 31 years together. I want to give something back to cancer research to honour her memory."

"I have ridden four times. Diagnosed with throat cancer, cycling has been a big part of my recovery. Although I am not getting any younger, I like to do my part."

There are eight different routes to choose from, ranging from 10 to 108 miles.