Get prepared for
the North West’s biggest bike ride!
THERE are 3 weeks to go until the
Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool Bike Ride, taking place on Sunday, 3 July
2011. People planning to take part in this year’s event are
being encouraged to start gearing up now, to make sure they can
enjoy it to the full. Organisers and local cycling experts are
keen to offer preparation tips for all riders who are participating
in the Bike Ride.
Simon Wallis, Sustrans Bike it Officer for Merseyside, offers the
following advice to riders:-
► Get your bike serviced a week or 2 before the event and get any
faulty parts repaired
► Try and build up your stamina by getting out on your bike and doing
a little distance and often in the run up to the event. Even if
you've not started training yet, every little helps and you’ll find
it's easy to get fit on your bike.
► Set your seat at a sensible height where your toes
are just touching on the floor. A low seat makes for really hard
work on the thighs.
► Make sure you use a bike that you’re comfortable with riding to
avoid aches and sores. If possible try and give it a few test runs
before the ride. Additionally, you could use a gel seat and wear
cycling gloves which are all relatively cheap to buy from a cycling
► Get used to the gears on your bike before starting the race and make
those hills easy for yourself.
Taking part with friends and
family can help you maintain an all important relaxed pace.
Warm up before the ride and cool
down afterwards. This is particularly important to first time riders
who will be using muscles that they may not normally use.
► Be prepared for the weather – be sure to take a rain jacket and eye
protection so that you don’t get caught out half way round the
► Carry a few high-energy trail snacks and drink sips of water about
every 20 minutes throughout your journey.
► Most importantly, the Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool
Bike Ride is all about having fun. So relax and enjoy it!
The annual bike event will start at Old Haymarket, just outside the
Birkenhead Tunnel entrance. The event will feature four routes this
year: A challenge ride (54 miles), a community ride (30 miles), a
family ride (25 miles) and a sportive route (90 miles)
Mark Sandamas, Director of Pennine Events commented:- "Cycling
is an ideal way for people to get active and this event caters for
all ages and abilities, giving everyone the opportunity to get
involved. There is still time to sign up so whether you’re a serious
cyclist, or a complete novice, I’d encourage you to get on your bike
this summer and take part in the Liverpool-Chester Bike Ride."
The sponsors of this year’s Bike Ride are Liverpool PCT and
Merseytravel. Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool PCT, said:-
"We’d like as many people as possible to embrace the Decade of
Health and Wellbeing, and our support for the Liverpool-Chester Bike
Ride is part of our commitment to promoting events which encourage a
healthier way of life. The Bike Ride is a great way for people to
have fun and get active."
This year’s official charity is Claire House Children’s Hospice. To
find out more about this local charity and to find out how you can
cycle to raise money for them,
The site has all the information to enter and it is not to late!
NHS BILL BEYOND
REPAIR WARNS UNISON
UNISON, the UK’s largest union, said that the Future Forum’s
report into the NHS Health and Social Care Bill, shows a Bill beyond
repair. Even if the Government adopted all the report’s
recommendations, "It is still the wrong Bill at the wrong
time" warned Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, the
UK’s largest union.
Really big questions over critical issues such as privatisation
remain unanswered: just how will the government prevent "cherry
picking"? And why are there no limits on the amount and
range of services that can be privatised.
Mr Prentis, went on to say:- "The Forum is recommending
sweeping changes to the Bill because it is riddled with flaws. It
exposes the real agenda behind the Government’s Bill – the wholesale marketisation of the NHS. It wants to turn our health service into
nothing more than a logo on the side of a van run by a multinational
The Forum’s changes may airbrush out some of the flaws, but no
amount of fiddling round the edges is good enough when the future of
an NHS free and accessible to all is at stake. The Bill is beyond
repair and should be scrapped.
Crucially, the report fails to mention the importance of keeping the
cap on the number of private patients hospitals can treat. This
means that NHS patients are likely to find themselves at the end of
a very long queue.
Cameron may say he is not privatising the NHS and that it is safe
from cuts, but the reality in hospitals and primary care services up
and down the country tells a different story. The Government is
using the Bill as a smokescreen to cover what is happening right now
in the NHS. The £20bn that the Government is demanding from Trusts
in so-called efficiency savings is leading to longer waiting lists,
patients waiting in pain for their operations and job cuts across
the NHS. The Government is belatedly beginning to realise it has gone
too far. The outcry from the public and from health unions and
professionals is forcing it to think again. But cobbling together a
half-hearted compromise will not help the NHS, its patients and
ANYONE FOR TENNIS!
FANCY yourself as the next Nadal or Murray? Do
you have the fastest serve in Merseyside? Then pop along to The
Grange and Pyramids Shopping Centre on Saturday, 25 June 2011, and Sunday, 26
June 2011, and find out.
Wirral Tennis Centre will be challenging weekend shoppers to put
down their bags and serve up an ace!
Customers to The Grange and Pyramids can limber up for Wimbledon and
measure the speed of their serve on the special Speed Serve Centre
located in St Werburghs Square.
Whether you’re a professional with a 135mph serve like Rafael Nadal
or a total beginner why not come along and try and net yourself a
free 30 minute tennis lesson.
Shoppers can also visit CEX’s ‘Centre Court’ and play virtual tennis
to win an Xbox 360 and Xbox Kinect. Tennis fans can play game, set
and match as Federer or Sharapova and the highest score of the
weekend literally wins the Game - the Xbox 360 and Xbox Kinect!
Derek Millar Commercial Director says:-
"We have just
launched our Great Days Out campaign and want shoppers to get
involved. So if you think you have an ace serve or winning back-hand
then come along and you could win some great prizes."
If tennis isn’t your sport then visit the Wirral Tennis Centre Team
at the Shopping Centre and ask about their free ‘come and try’
aerobic classes and fitness suite sessions. To recap... Go to:-
The Grange and Pyramids Shopping Centre, CH41 2TA, on:- Saturday 25 and Sunday 26
June from:- 11am until 3pm. Call:-
0151 666 2626 for more information about the event.
Are you going to St Peter's Church
Fun at the Fair
Saturday, 18 June 2011, from 1pm to 4pm, St Peter's
Church, Birkdale, is holding a family "Fun at the Fair".
The church has a fantastic afternoon planed with plenty for all the
family! T hey have told us that:- "We will have lots of stalls
and delicious food. Crafts to make with the Local Artisans and gifts
and cards to make for Father's day." So why not pop on
over and show your support...? Also do not for get to take a
look inside their beautiful Church as well!