IRONMAN is delighted to announce blood cancer charity Bloodwise as the official charity partner of VELOTHON Wales 2017.
The partnership sees Bloodwise involved for the third consecutive year as official charity of the event for 2017. Bloodwise will be aiming to raise in excess of £100,000 for research and support to improve the lives of patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Starting in the heart of Cardiff, the 2017 edition of VELOTHON Wales Sportive offers either a 110km or 140km course to appeal to all levels of athlete. Taking place on completely closed roads, this hugely popular sportive combines some challenging hills and lovely long descents through the spectacular South Wales countryside before heading back into Cardiff.
Bloodwise are encouraging as many cyclists as possible to either join their 200 strong team or fundraise directly to help them achieve their target. £100k could fund an entire research project into childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, or a three year project looking into precision medicine for aggressive lymphoma.
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of IRONMAN UK & Ireland said: “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with Bloodwise. We have seen a great response from athletes wanting to take part in VELOTHON Wales and support the charity. We very much hope competitors will continue to pledge their support and take part in this ‘must do’ Sportive in Wales.”
Matt Lawley, Head of Sports Events at Bloodwise, says: “We are delighted to be the official charity for the third year running. Much of the research we fund takes place in Wales, and Cardiff is home to one of our trials acceleration centres which recruits patients from across the country onto clinical trials, helping to speed up access to new treatments.
“Having the support of so many VELOTHON riders in their Bloodwise jersey is a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness to improve the lives of even more patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”
VELOTHON Wales takes place on Sunday 9th July 2017. For further event information and online entry www.velothon.com
By signing up to cycle for Bloodwise at a significantly reduced entry fee, athletes will receive cycling kit, access to training rides, training plans and advice, together with a fundraising support team in return for fundraising a minimum of £375 for this highly worthwhile cause, that will help change the world for blood cancer patients and their families.
To find out more about how you can get involved in VELOTHON Wales for Bloodwise please click HERE