Children’s charity seeks riders for Essex 100 cycle challenge

Knight Group, the construction contractor with head offices in Kelvedon, has announced its support for children’s charity Action Medical Research. The company has named Action its charity of the year and will also sponsor the Essex 100 cycling challenge.

Employees from Knight Group will be volunteering on the day of the Essex 100 and will be helping with signage for the brand new route. A Knight Group team will also be entering the ride itself, taking on the 100 mile route.

The Essex 100 takes place on Sunday 3 September 2017 and offers three options: a Cool 39-mile route that is ideal if you’re new to cycling or haven’t had time to train; the Classic 68-mile choice for more of a challenge; or the tougher Champion option at 102 miles, ideal for sportive fans.

A team of employees from the company also took part in ‘Race the Sun Lake District’ for Action Medical Research in 2016, where the ‘Knight Riders’ became the event’s top fundraisers collecting just short of £5,000.

Guy Barker, Commercial Director at Knight Group, says:

“We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Action as our charity of the year. They are an amazing organisation, helping to fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.”

Starting from Chelmsford, the Essex 100 route is more accessible than ever with a city centre start, plenty of parking and easy train links for both novices and experienced riders. The route takes in many of the great Essex roads which made the old route such a success but offers a fresh challenge for those returning.

The event is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides that take place in fantastic cycling locations across the UK: all include chip timing, food and water stations, marshals and mechanics. You can find out more information about the course, see more pictures and sign up to this year’s event on 3 September here

For 65 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Research they’ve funded has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths.

The children’s charity is currently funding research into premature birth, meningitis, Down syndrome and epilepsy, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.