Phil Spencer Joins Castle Ride 100


Posted Monday 13th May 2013 –

Phil Spencer from TV’s Location, Location, Location is for the third year taking on the Castle RIDE100 through the beautiful North Downs, the Garden of England. TV’s property expert favourite, Phil is saddling up for the Castle Ride in Kent on Sunday 19 May, setting out from Tonbridge Castle. Registration for the event closes this coming Wednesday, 15 May, and he is urging cyclists to join him.


Phil says: “I’m a dedicated convert to road cycling and love encouraging more people to take to the saddle. The Castle Ride 100 is my favourite bicycle experience of the whole year.”

The North Downs offer some big climbs, including the mile-long climb of Hollingbourne Hill. Quiet lanes make the route through the Garden of England a real joy to ride even though this is a tough one.

The Castle Ride 100 is organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research. Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded. The charity is currently funding research into conditions including Down syndrome, premature birth, epilepsy, meningitis and rare diseases.

Last year’s event saw more than 750 riders come together to share the challenge and amazing scenery, and raise a fantastic £60,000 for the charity.

With a choice of 33 miles, 69 miles or a tougher 103-mile route, riders will have a great day in the saddle while helping to fund vital medical research for sick and disabled babies and children.

Phil says: “I’ve been closely involved with Action Medical Research since I took part in the Castle Ride in Kent in 2011, and have since become extremely passionate about their work. This wonderful charity has been funding vital research for more than 60 years to help sick babies, children with disabilities and those suffering from a rare disease.”

“Some may not have heard of the charity, but you will all have heard of these medical breakthroughs the charity has contributed to, which today improve the lives of thousands of babies and children: the polio vaccine, the rubella vaccine, folic acid during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.”

The Castle Ride 100 is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides taking place across the UK. All include chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics.

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