British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride 2012

This June, Martin Petrie of MP Personal Training will be taking on the London to Brighton Bike Ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

For the 36th year the annual bicycle ride from London to Brighton will be hitting town, this time on June 17th (Fathers Day for those of you that needed reminding), and as always it is in support of the British Heart Foundation. Did you know it is one of the biggest events held along Madeira Drive in the calendar year? As measured by individual participants, it is the biggest. It is also the Europe's biggest fund raising cycle ride, and perhaps is the most popular.

Although there are around 27,000 places allocated for the event, you can’t hang around if you want to be sure to get one. Registration did not open until March 1st and nearly all places were gone by the end of the same month. So, the official advice is to get your application in quick. As you may already know I am taking on this challenge this year with my girlfriend and a handful of clients. Like the event itself I’m raising money for the BHF. It will be the furthest I have ridden a bike in rather a long time, and the thoughts of how tight my hamstrings will be for the following week already haunt me.

The modern time ride starts from Clapham Common in South London and the route is measured at 54 miles. Whereas the first ride back in 1976 (a bit before my time) started in Hyde park and measured a massive 95 miles, with only 37 of the 60 riders that started getting to Brighton. In the first three years the event grew from 60 to 1000 riders and by 1989 the event had to be moved to Clapham Common due to the sheer numbers of participants.

For those of you that don’t know a huge amount about the British Heart Foundation, here are a few facts:

  • Heart and circulatory disease is the UK's biggest killer, 570 people die from it every day.
  • In the UK, almost 2.6 million people are living with coronary heart disease.
  • The BHF is the largest funder of research into heart disease in the UK.
  • Currently, the BHF funds 26 Professors and over 1,200 research projects.
  • In the UK, 60% of patients who need it are denied access to cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation only costs £600 per patient. A single day in a coronary care unit costs £1,400.
  • In the UK someone dies from coronary heart disease every six minutes.
  • Currently in the UK, there are approximately 150,000 people aged 16 and over living with congenital heart disease.
  • The BHF invests over £203 every minute in vital heart research, prevention and care.

This will be a great event with Madeira Drive being full of family, friends and well wishers waiting to welcome and encourage the riders as they approach the finish line. People cheering on myself, Becky and the rest of our group will be much appreciated.

Reproduced with kind permission of Brighton Active.

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