Liverpool’s Sefton Park turned pink once again as over 500 women got on their bikes for Breast Cancer Campaign today (18 April). This is the second Pedal it Pink event to come to Liverpool, with both events expected to raise over £90,000 to help fund vital research into breast cancer.
Pedal it Pink was attended by former Hollyoaks stars Sarah Jayne Dunn and Helen Noble. After starting the rides Sarah Jayne commented, “It’s been a fantastic turnout. Both Helen and I live in Liverpool so it’s great to see so much support from local people in the city. Lots of people are affected by breast cancer so it’s vital to keep funding the research and hopefully one day find a cure.”
Helen Noble added, “It’s been a brilliant day! Sefton Park is a great location and people in Liverpool are always up for a charity event to support a good cause. Sarah and I will definitely take part next year on a tandem bike, all dressed in pink!”
Pedal it Pink attracted women and families from all over the county including local cyclist Debbie Clarke from Woolton who took part in the marathon distance with her sister Anne Croft from Bowring Park. The pair took on the cycling challenge after Debbie was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks after they cycled in last year’s Pedal it Pink event. Debbie, who completed the marathon in 2hours 15minutes, raising £300, said “I’m really pleased I was able to complete it and had a great time. I will definitely be back next year.”
Over 5,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the North West each year, 320 of which are in Liverpool.
Catriona Wright, Events Manager at Breast Cancer Campaign, said: “Everyone’s been really enthusiastic and it was great to see so many people pedalling in pink while raising funds for vital breast cancer research. It was wonderful to return to Liverpool, where we staged our first Pedal it Pink, and receive so much support again. We hope to come back to Merseyside in the not too distant future to make the event even bigger and pinker!”
Pedal it Pink, sponsored by Santander, is now a nationwide series with more events taking place in Nottingham and Edinburgh this year. Each event has three ride routes for you to choose between: a full marathon (26.2miles), half marathon (13.1miles) or family 5k lap, which partners and children can join in. All routes are completely enclosed within a park, so it’s always safe, traffic-free and suitable for both beginners and experienced cyclists.
So far 1,800 women across the UK have pedalled it pink to raise more than £155,000 for breast cancer research at three events in Liverpool, Nottingham and Essex. For more information about upcoming Pedal it Pink events visit www.breastcancercampaign.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7749 3700. It costs £15 for the marathon, £10 for the half marathon and £5 for the family 5k lap.