Take part in Nightrider and Do Something Super for Southmead!

Nightrider 2016

Southmead Hospital Charity are looking for cyclists to take part in the first ever night-time cycle event through the sights and landmarks of Bristol.

The Nightrider event takes place on June 25 and is a 100km cycle ride through Bristol at night - a truly unique way to explore the city.

While Bristol sleeps, its anticipated that some 300+ cyclists will take part to raise more than £150,000 in one night for hundreds of charities.

Starting at the Horfield Leisure Centre, right near Southmead Hospital, the 100km route is circular and will see you cycling over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, as far north as Almondsbury and through the city centre.

Full support, back up and regular break stops are provided throughout the night and a well-earned breakfast and medal at the finish.

Although Nightrider is not suitable for beginners, it is ideal for cyclists who are confident cycling on the road.

Terry Bennett is taking part to raise money for Southmead Hospital Charity’s NICU fund after his eldest son Aidan, who turns 18 years old in May, was treated on the unit when he was born 10 weeks early.

“Our eldest son, Aidan, was born 10 weeks early, after my wife Gerry had already spent 10 weeks in hospital on complete bed rest,” he said.

“We were all looked after fantastically throughout the whole time, there were scary moments, but we were lucky enough that despite an early birth and Aidan contracting meningitis - everything turned out great.

“Time has flown by and I can't believe that it was almost 18 years ago. The Southmead team were fantastic!

"I feel it is time to give something back and raise some money so that other families, who find might themselves in a position like we did, can hopefully experience the same brilliant care from the great Southmead NICU team - if the money raised can help fund some new equipment or help upgrade some of the facilities, then we'd be delighted."

Terry has already begun training for the event and says it will be a great personal challenge for him.

He said: “I am really looking forward to the challenge of riding 100km through the streets of Bristol, it's great to hear that it's the inaugural event and I hope that as many people as possible join in to put Bristol, and the event, on the map.

“It's going to be hard, Bristol isn't exactly flat, but with lots of others taking part around me I'm sure we will inspire each other.  

“Bristol is a great place to live and I'm really pleased that I can do this kind of event around the streets and places that I know so well.”

Visit Terry's fundraising page here

If you’d like to sign up for the Nightrider event and raise money for Southmead Hospital Charity you can find out more information here

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