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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Cycle Ride Raises Cash for Good Cause

Published Thursday 9th May 13

Cycling enthusiasts are invited to take to their bikes and raise cash for a good cause.

The Sanctuary of Healing in Langho, Ribble Valley's dedicated centre for health and wellbeing, is holding its fourth charity cycle and sportive ride on Sunday 12 May.

Money from the annual event is used to fund treatments for people who are seriously ill, but without the means to pay.

The premier event, which attracts riders from across Lancashire, is organised by Todmorden MS sufferer Simon Lord and supported by Booths supermarket, N&R Contractors and Avebell printers.

It features five routes suitable for a range of abilities riding through quiet country lanes and villages in picturesque Ribble Valley.

The pro-expert route is 63 miles, expert route 47 miles, advanced route 37 miles, intermediate route 20 miles and beginners' routes six or seven-and-a-half miles.

All the routes start and finish at The Sanctuary, which is in Dewhurst Road, just off the A59.

Drink and food stations will be provided en route and the Sanctuary's popular organic café will be open from 8.00am serving a selection of sandwiches, soup, cakes and drinks.

On completion of the ride, participants will receive a certificate and medal, and a team of masseuses will be on hand to massage tired legs.

Simon Lord said: "Cycling has helped me cope with my illness and this event offers people of all levels and abilities the opportunity to take part.

"Over 110 riders took part in last year's ride and raised £4,000 for the treatment of seriously ill clients of the Sanctuary.

"This year's event aims to be a fun, social ride, with the addition of longer routes, including a 63-mile sportive route that will test the ability of experienced riders."

Ribble Valley Deputy Mayor Richard Sherras added: "I encourage cycling enthusiasts, families and beginners to take part in this fun event and help to raise funds for such a good cause."

The Sanctuary of Healing offers a range of therapies and facilities to assist in the health and wellbeing of mind, body and spirit, including electro-magnetic beds, an infra-red sauna, chakra balancing and a bio-resonance machine, as well as therapies such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology, and wellbeing classes, such as meditation, Pilates and yoga.

Further details are available from The Sanctuary on 01254 246940 or at www.thesanctuaryofhealing.co.uk