29th September 2005




Throughout October staff and members of the University of Lincoln’s Sports and Recreation Centre will be using pedal power to raise thousands of pounds for breast cancer research.


As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month they’re taking part in the Breast Cancer Campaign’s Life Cycle Challenge 2005.


Participants will be asking family and friends to sponsor them to cycle or row 50 miles throughout the whole month of October, 25 miles in one day or a distance of their choice depending on their ability.


Some of the suggested distances are the length of the River Thames (215 miles), the length of Hadrian’s Wall (73 miles) or from Holyhead to Cardiff (250 miles).


In addition to raising vital funds, the volunteers will be cycling their way to improving their health and reducing the risk of developing the disease which will affect one woman in nine during her lifetime.


Fitness instructor at the university’s Sports and Recreation Centre, Alexander Porter said: “It’s the first time we’ve taken part in the Life Cycle Challenge and we’re delighted with the support we’ve received from our members. Instead of just clocking up the miles we’re trying to make it fun by offering free spinning classes and a month’s free membership to the highest fundraiser.”


In addition to the Life Cycle Challenge, during October the Breast Cancer Campaign holds several fundraising events such as 'wear it pink', on Friday 28th October, when individuals, companies, schools, universities, clubs, associations and local authorities are encouraged to wear an item of pink and donate £2 to the charity.


To find out more please either call the sports centre on 01522 886688 or visit www.breastcancercampaign.org


For more information or to arrange interviews/photographs contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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