Nightriders needed for poverty reduction mission

Practical Action looking for 200 riders for 100km night cycle around London


Technology charity Practical Action is calling for cyclists to get kitted up and pedal against poverty. The international development charity will be sending a team to London on 8 June to take part in Nightrider, an annual 100km event, which takes cyclists around the capital’s major landmarks throughout the night.


Last year, 90 people took part in Nightrider for Practical Action raising £30,000. They were alongside 3,000 other cyclists, which included celebrities such as Princess Eugenie and Ben Fogle.

This year, the charity has 200 places up for grabs and it is calling on people of all ages and abilities to take part and help support its work in using technology to find long-term solutions to the problems the poorest people in the world face every day. There is an initial £39 sign-up fee and cyclists will be asked to raise a minimum of £175.

Amy Kilpatrick, Community and Events Fundraising Executive for Practical Action said: “This is an absolutely brilliant event and I would urge people who fancy a sporting challenge in 2013 to give it a go.

“Because you’re cycling in the early hours the roads are much quieter than usual and the opportunity to watch the sun rise over the River Thames while raising money for the world’s most vulnerable people makes it a magical experience.

“Although it’s tough, it is achievable for cyclists of all levels and Practical Action staff will be on hand to cheer you on and offer all who take part a cuppa and a breakfast roll when they reach the end.”

The route starts at either Alexandra Palace or Crystal Palace and takes entrants past Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, London Zoo, The London Eye and The Houses of Parliament.


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