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Brands Hatch continues cycling links one year after Paralympics

Wednesday, August 28 2013

Brands Hatch marks one year on from hosting the Paralympic Games Road Cycling contests with two cycling events this September.

Cyclothon UK returns to Brands Hatch for the third consecutive year on Thursday 5 September. Solo riders and teams will be taking part in the 12 hour endurance event on the Grand Prix circuit that is both a sporting challenge and a charity fundraising opportunity.

The event was devised by former England and Bath rugby prop forward Victor Ubogu, and he has enlisted several colleagues and rivals to take part in the Cyclothon Home Nations Challenge Trophy. Wales' Team Dragons includes legends Alix Popham and Colin Charvis, plus Lloyd Burns, Huw Bennett and Iestyn Thomas. Team Jocks will consist of Scottish players Craig Chalmers, Scott Hastings, Gavin Kerr, Damian Cronin and David Hilton. Meanwhile Ubogu heads England's Team Bulldogs alongside John Hall, Shaun Perry, Jon Sleightholme, Jon Callard and Lee Mears. Joining the men for the first time will be former England Women's captain, Catherine Spencer, riding on behalf of the RFU's Injured Player Foundation, which supports former rugby players with catastrophic and life changing injuries.

Event organiser Ubogu said:  "Since retiring from rugby I've enjoyed so many aspects of cycling - from a fun activity my whole family can enjoy, to a tough athletic challenge and a good social adventure having previously participated in charity trips to Egypt and Cuba. Cyclothon was a chance for me to bring this challenge back home and give others the opportunity to raise funds, build a team and have a great day out in a safe track environment".

Entries to Cyclothon UK are now closed but the venue will be open to spectators throughout the day and admission is free of charge. The event will run for 12 hours from 7:30am until the award presentation ceremony on the Brands Hatch podium at 7:30pm.

Meanwhile cyclists wishing to sample the challenging Brands Hatch tarmac will be able to do so the following week, with a fun charity event open to the public from 5:15pm on Friday 13 September.

The event will be held by Action for Children, a charity that supports and speaks out for the UK's most vulnerable and neglected children and young people. Entry for the evening will cost £10 per adult, whilst children under 16 can take part for free but must be with a registered and participating adult. Individuals are encouraged to raise at least £50 in sponsorship, and families to raise at least £100. All proceeds will go towards Action for Children's work locally and across the UK.

Selena Goldsmith, Action for Children Partnership Fundraiser for Kent, added: "The events will be a great family evening out, and will help make a life-changing difference to disadvantaged and neglected children, young people and their families. It will be a fun, healthy way to raise vital funds for a great cause."

Entry to the venue is free to spectators. Cold drinks, snacks, ice cream and other refreshments will be available during the evening.

Competitors are asked to register before the event and forms are available at www.actionforchildren.org.uk/get-involved/events. Alternatively please contact Selena Goldsmith on 01622 230764 or selena.goldsmith@actionforchildren.org.uk.