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Merseyside cyclists wanted for 300-mile charity challenge

A Liverpool-based charity is calling on thrill seekers from across the region to take part in a cycle challenge of almost 300 miles.

North West Cancer Research’s Cycle of Hope will see fundraisers tackle 70 miles a day over four days to raise money for life saving cancer research.

Taking place between 11 and 14 July 2018, the challenge starts at Lancaster University where North West Cancer Research funds innovative research.

Challengers will then stop off here in Liverpool, and then Bangor where the charity also operates, before crossing the finish line in Dublin on 14 July.

Money raised by the riders will be donated to North West Cancer Research which is currently investing in research projects worth £7.7 million at the University of Liverpool.

This includes £1m worth of funding to sustain world-class research at the North West Cancer Research Centre at the University of Liverpool until 2020, as part of its commitment to fund research which will help tackle rising cancer rates in the region.

Alastair Richards, CEO of North West Cancer Research, says: “What better way to mark our 70th anniversary than a 70 miles a day cycling adventure across the UK and Ireland. This unique event will be both challenging and rewarding, raising invaluable funds to help fight against cancer.

“Cancer is one of the biggest killers in Liverpool and cancer rates in the region are continuing to rise, which is why over the last 70 years we have committed to funding the best quality research in the North West and here in Liverpool.”

The charity will offer participants continued support with training and fundraising, helping cycling newcomers and enthusiasts alike prepare in the countdown to 11 July.

Alastair adds: “We rely solely on public donations and without the help of our supporters we would not be able to continue to support the lifesaving research which is being carried out on our doorstep today.

“We look forward to seeing our fundraisers from Liverpool take their positions on the start line in July for this unique 300-mile challenge.”

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