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Issue:- 24 April 2014

1st time cyclist takes on 100 mile challenge for charity

THE 1st time cyclist Coz Zinonos, 38, from Liverpool, is set to cycle 100 miles in aid of a charity close to his heart as he prepares for the 10 August 2014, RideLondon event. A brave fundraiser, Coz has not been on a bike in over 15 years so has been training for the challenge since the start of the year in a bid to raise money for United Response. The charity supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities across England and Wales.  Commenting on the event, Coz explained:- "When I 1st got the email about Ride London, the thought of cycling 100 miles for some reason just seemed like a really great idea; even though I simply don't cycle! The thought of getting on a bike, training, and then taking part in such a momentous occasion took hold of me. In addition, raising money for a good cause made my mind up, to do something and give something back. I guess I was sold on the idea of making a difference in people's lives through raising sponsorship, and taking on a real challenge for myself also."

A Service Manager at United Response, Coz took on his role at the organisation just 6 months ago and works within its Shared Lives scheme based in Merseyside. The scheme offers an alternative to the usual housing support offered to people with learning disabilities and mental health needs, giving individuals the opportunity to live in an integrated family environment and allowing them to become part of a community. Setting up and sticking to a training programme has been crucial to Coz's preparations for the event and he has built up stamina by building on the 10 to 20 mile cycles he began earlier in the year.  So far, Coz has garnered the support of local businesses and family and friends, but is keen to raise greater awareness of his exciting upcoming challenge.  "I guess it's all about getting the message out there and getting people on board for such a good cause. I'm really looking forward to being in London, cycling on empty roads; well, car free anyway; raising money for United Response, as well as meeting other people taking on this challenge. There should be lots of great scenery around while I'm putting myself through my paces. It will be great to see the thousands of people cheering me on and to raise money for United Response at the same time." said Coz.

To find out more about taking part in RideLondon for United Response and to sign up for your own place, call Mark on:- 0208 246 5202 or send an email.  To donate to Coz ahead of his cycling challenge, please click here.

Time to boss the opposition as Southport Golfer Records exclusive HOLE-IN-ONE at Formby Hall Golf Club

THE time was right for a Southport golfer when he scored a hole in one during a recent club competition to be rewarded with a limited-edition BOSS watch as recognition for the achievement. Jeffrey Windle, 67, scored his ace on the 156 yard, par 3 6th at Formby Hall GC, and the 20 handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially commissioned, commemorative timepiece. The luxury German brand has once again pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition in 2014 after giving away £600,000 worth of limited edition mementos in 2013 - and Windle is among the latest to achieve the feat this year. The scheme is open to any golfer whose club uses HowDidiDo; a free-to-use, web-based social network for golfers; and anybody playing in official club competitions is eligible. Currently, more than 1,800 clubs use the website. Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licenced UK distributor for BOSS Watches, said:-  "Congratulations to Jeffrey on achieving golf's Holy Grail of a hole-in-one. To the majority of amateur golfers, recording a hole-in-one will be the most memorable thing they achieve in golf; a once in a lifetime experience probably; and we want to ensure they have much better memories than merely a dent in their bank balance after buying drinks in the clubhouse. The exclusive BOSS watch is available only to golfers who record a hole-in-one. It will provide a constant reminder of the achievement and also help to ensure they're never late for a tee time again. We also hope it might add a frisson of extra excitement to club competitions for golfers who may not be in with a chance of winning the event, for they know that every time they stand on the tee on a par 3, they are just one shot away from winning a stunning timepiece."  In addition to the limited-edition watch, Windle is also awarded membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club which offers its members access to exclusive benefits and merchandise. No extra registration is required to participate in the BOSS Watches promotion as all official club competitions are recorded on the HowDidiDo system, so holes-in-one are noted and automatically ratified by the golfer's club.

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