Using pedal power to help fight blood cancer

Participants at the 2013 Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Bikeathon.

Cyclists in the Bristol area are being urged to sign up and set their wheels in motion to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research at the Martin Dean Bristol Bikeathon on 21st September 2014.

Over 100 riders are expected to take part in the event at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke and turn their pedal power into cash to help fund vital research in Leukaemia, Lymphoma and other blood cancers.

This event offers two rides; one is a family-friendly 15-mile ride suitable for riders of all ages, using local pathways and quiet roads and the other is a 50-mile cycle through the beautiful South Gloucestershire countryside.

Martin Dean.

For 2014 the Bikeathon has been renamed the Martin Dean Bikeathon after a local resident (pictured) who sadly passed away from Leukaemia in September 2012. He was an avid cyclist and also one of the founder members of the local Stokes Cycling Club, who Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research are teaming up with to stage the event.

Bikeathon organiser Jo Bray said:

“The Bikeathon is a perfect opportunity to out, get fit and join in the fight against blood cancers, which affect thousands of people in the UK each year. We haven’t held the event at the Willow Brook Centre before and it’s the perfect opportunity to use our local town square. With stalls, games, face painting, bouncy castle and Bradley Stoke Radio being put in place after the cyclists have gone, we hope it’s going to be a fun day out for everyone.”

It is hoped that thousands of pounds will be raised by the event through money sponsored by friends and family of the cyclists. Local businesses are also being invited to get involved.

For more details and to enter online, visit

For further information about the Martin Dean Bristol Bikeathon, please contact event organiser Jo Bray at

This article originally appeared in the August 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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