Fancy a challenge?! How’s about riding 50, 80 or 100 miles in the Marlow Red Kite sportive this September!
This is a great example of two cycling worlds coming together: you may be capable of riding 100 miles in a lightening fast time, but in doing so you could be supporting someone to cycle round an athletics track for the first time.
We have developed a great partnership with the team at Red Kite and Marlow Riders, who are very kindly donating proceeds from their great event to go towards supporting Wheels for All activities in their area. Last year, the ride managed to raise £7,000 which was donated to the charity, Cyclists Fighting Cancer. This is an incredible achievement for an event organised by locals for all to enjoy, whilst supporting fantastic causes.
Colin Lavis, Director of Red Kite Sportive, commented: “it’s a great opportunity for us to help out a charitable cause. We know Wheels for All can bring the enjoyment of cycling in to many peoples’ lives and we’re proud to support this as an organisation”.
If you’re interested in taking part in the event, then act fast! As the popularity grows year on year, the entries fill up fast – you can find out more and register for the event here:
Entries are now open for this the fifth annual event – all four have sold out to date – with capacity again set at 700 entries.
Local club Marlow Riders pride themselves on providing a friendly atmosphere and good value for money with quality signage, comprehensive choice at the feed stations and three challenging routes: 50 mile, 80 and 100 miles.
All three routes travel through Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire passing over some of the highest parts of the Chilterns and then back into the Thames Valley.
Start and finish will again be at the Marlow Sports Club on the banks of the River Thames.
Three well sign-posted routes, three feed stations, electronic timing, ample parking at the start, showers at the finish and GPX routes to download before the event, are all being promised by the organisers.
And the Red Kite Ride finish area is again being designed to allow family and friends to gather to eat, drink and relax after their ride. The after event “theatre” will again be supported with on-air entertainment provided by Marlow FM radio station.
A new campaign to encourage more disabled people to be active was launched in July.
The Together We Will campaign looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey.
Results show that disabled people are half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. As one in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition, disabled people are a large proportion of everyone’s community. However, research highlights often disabled people do not find the opportunities accessible or appealing enough, or do not know where to go to find the right information.
Other insight shows that disabled people are keen to involve family and friends when being active and do not necessarily take part with just other disabled people. Fun is also highlighted as a key motivator for disabled people to be active.
The Wheels for All team attended a launch event at Clarence Park, Bury, along with well-known actor Will Mellor who is a championing the campaign. He is extremely passionate about ensuring more opportunities exist for disabled people. With lived experience of disabled people in his family, Will wants to help make a difference and spread the Together We Will message. He is joining in the campaign by raising awareness of the opportunities and organisations that can support disabled people to be more active.
To engage in an inclusive activity, why not visit any one of our many Wheels for All centres across the UK, by accessing our interactive map here
These pictures are from the fantastic WFA centre in Clarence Park, Bury: go along and join in the fun!!
To celebrate Wheels For All being 25 years old this year, the wonderful team at Salford held a fantastic birthday event which will live long in the memory.
We had over 300 people celebrating our birthday along with the 10 year celebrations for Salford Action for Autism.
A huge thank you goes to our special guest visitor Lamin Manneh, winner of 2 Bronze medals from the INVICTUS GAMES, who gave up his time to give medals out to all our participants today; it’s safe to say you made their day!
Thank you to Millie’s Grandma for our gorgeous cake and to all the volunteers, stall holders, families & trustees that helped make it a great day.
A special thank you to Worsley Rotary Club for their Dragons Den funding that made it possible and to Transport for Greater Manchester for all their support.
Salford Wheels for All offers several days a week of cycling activities from its base at Cleaveleys Track whereby there a fine range of cycles to support all needs and abilities.
If you’d like to get involved in Wheels for All in Salford, have a look at their page on our interactive WFA centre map.
Cycling Projects has recently been working closely with the Sports Development department of the Manx government to raise the profile of Wheels for All across the Isle of Man.
The partnership has allowed for the purchase of a range of adapted cycles, the delivery of accredited Wheels for All Leader training and a number of Wheels for All open days all held at the National Sports Centre in Douglas.
All Wheelsofr All activities will be delivered under the supervision of the Manx Sports development team, who will be offering mox of booked only sessions for various support groups from across the island. There will also be the chance for individuals to drop by and get involved in the activities throughout the season. The sessions will bring together children, adults and the elderly with members of their family making cycling a completely inclusive activity for many generations of the family.
For more information on how to access the service please contact Zoe Crowe on (01624) 688575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org