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News Report Page 3 of 35
Publication Date:- 2018-06-30
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Ainsdale cyclists' 200 mile round trips raises more than ₤6,435 for cancer care

AN intrepid team of cyclists have completed a tough round trip from Liverpool to North Wales and back, raising over ₤6,435 for cancer charities. Supported by Evergreen Tyres and Elite Group, Ainsdale Cycling Club this year decided to turn its annual epic ride into a fundraiser for Liverpool specialist palliative care facility Woodlands Hospice and CLIC Sargent, a national charity which supports teenagers with cancer and their families.

Originally worked out at 180 miles, the ride ended up as a 200 mile trip, where the club smashed its target of raising ₤2,000 for each charity, a fact that proved comforting as the team struggled through gale force winds, driving rain and blazing sunshine to reach the popular beauty spot of Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia, before turning around and doing it all again on the way back to Ainsdale!

"It was a challenging ride. Pretty horrendous headwinds hit us in the 1st 30 to 40 miles. The gusts eventually eased off but they returned from time to time, even after the sunshine finally arrived as we crossed over the River Dee into North Wales.  We stuck at it though. We had a fantastic team spirit and were strengthened by just how much support and goodwill we had received. The final 2 miles, of what ended up being a 105 mile day, saw us grind our way up a steep ascent to the Hotel which pushed many of us to the limit. All but one made it to the end and not a single bike being pushed in sight as we got to our Hotel just after 7.15pm." said team member Gareth McIntegart

Day 2 saw the heavens open on the intrepid riders as they bid to return home to Ainsdale.

"The 95 mile return leg started with lashing rain. It relented after an hour or so and with the wind on our backs, we managed to make speedy progress. A number of mechanical mishaps occurred along the way, including broken chains and routine punctures, but that didn't dampen our spirits. Again, as the day wore on, the sun came out just in time for our arrival back in Ainsdale at 6pm!" said Gareth.

Their efforts were supported by generous donations from individuals, plus some business sponsors including Evergreen Tyres and business communications firm Elite Group.

"We were proud to support Ainsdale Cycling Club's fantastic challenge. Charities like Woodlands and CLIC do such an important job and the opportunity to help Ainsdale CC raise funds for them was one we had to take." said Peter Cross, UK Commercial Manager for Evergreen.

The club's aim is to raise as much money as possible through its Just Giving pages which can both be found online.

Bowl for Health in Sefton

RESIDENTS across Southport are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by trying a free beginners course in bowls. Taking part can give yourself a boost, feel more refreshed and is a great way to meet new people.  'Bowl for Health' is an 8 week programme designed for complete newcomers to bowls, providing an overview of the basics and how to play a match. Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, due to popular demand further courses are available in Southport (at King's Gardens and Botanic Gardens) starting in July and August 2018. The programme is being led by MSP and Active Sefton, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The idea was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby, and is now being rolled out by more clubs across the borough.

One participant - Gail, in her early 60's from Formby, explained how taking part in bowls has transformed her life, "I found that I became much stronger, more flexible and fitter since taking it up. The game itself is great fun and my fellow bowlers are very welcoming and friendly; I'm so glad that I decided to try bowling!"

Danny Woodworth, from MSP, said:- "Being active doesn't need to mean joining a gym, it's about finding an activity that you enjoy; people have told us that bowling is a great way to enjoy gentle exercise in a relaxed and sociable environment. Bowl for Health is for anybody to join in with; it doesn't matter what your age, experience or level of fitness is."

Sessions are completely free for any Sefton residents who would like to improve their physical health and wellbeing, with all equipment provided at the sessions and no previous playing experience required. Courses start on a Friday, 27 July 2018, from 10.00am, at Botanic Gardens and on a Wednesday, 8 August 2018, from 10.00am, at Southport Flat Green Bowling Club.

Helen Birrell from, Sefton Council, said:- "Bowl for Health is great way to increase your activity levels and enjoy the outdoors. We are delighted to be able to support the project to enable Sefton residents to lead an active lifestyle".

For further information about the programme or to book your free place then please visit:- or call MSP on:- 0151 728 1811.

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