Over 600 cyclists took part in the inaugural Velo Birmingham for Cure Leukaemia on Sunday 24th September and amongst the team were a number of well-known faces and some inspirational stories. Here are a few of the riders:
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster was due to take part but with the Baggies playing Arsenal on Monday evening he has had to withdraw. He is still fundraising however and anyone who donates £10 on his JustGiving page HERE has a chance to win a signed, match-worn David De Gea shirt!
England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd rode alongside his good friend Geoff Thomas and he knows all about Cure Leukaemia's vital £1m Centre Appeal:
Liz and Adam Rudkin took part on a tandem in memory of Liz's father Trevor:
James Varnish, who has beaten lymphoma, cycled alongside his wife Helen and his daughter, Olympic medallist Jess Varnish:
West Bromwich Albion coach and former captain Darren Moore was one of Ben Foster's team and post ride, he cycled to the West Bromwich Albion training ground to take training ahead of their match vs Arsenal on Monday night!
Mark Nicholas from Kenilworth rode alongside his son Finn. Mark will undergo a stem cell transplant to combat his leukaemia just two weeks after the ride:
Cure Leukaemia CEO James McLaughlin, Dave Smallwood, Marcus Alsop and Simon Beevers took part in support of 33-year-old Jenna Ostrowski from Moseley who is currently battling Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Read more HERE
Ross Dunstan and his team cycled for his 5-year-old son Callum who was diagnosed with Burkitt's Leukaemia in July 2016. Read more about his story HERE
Dr Sridhar Chaganti (pictured below) Consultant Haematologist and Clinical Service Lead at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Cure Leukaemia Trustee Dr Guy Pratt and Co-Founder Professor Charlie Craddock CBE rode Velo Birmingham to raise funds for the Centre they will soon be back working in!
Managing Director of partner Elonex Outdoor Media rode the 100mile course. Adam and Elonex are always fantastic supporters of Cure Leukaemia at all events:
These are just some of theteam riding for Cure Leukaemia. Former Crystal Palace, England and Wolves footballer, blood cancer survivor and Patron Geoff Thomas cycled fresh from completing all 3 Grand Tours this summer. BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan took part alongside friends and former Birmingham City skipper Darren Purse. It was a fantastic day for Cure Leukaemia and all the riders, thanks to all the volunteers too who showed incredible support cheering on the red and white jerseys! Thanks to all the jersey sponsors: Farr Vintners, Westbridge Foods, BHSF, Equilibrium Security, PD Financial Management, Mercato Solutions and The Edgbaston.
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