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19 October 2010 | PR 10/161

Pink ladies pedal for Breast Cancer Campaign

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The University ladies pedalled their way to £2,200 for the Breast Cancer Campaign.

Eight ladies from Loughborough University have successfully taken part in the Pedal it Pink challenge, raising over £2,000 for the Breast Cancer Campaign.

The cycling event was held on Sunday October 17 at the National Water Sport Centre in Nottingham. The challenge was to cycle 26.2 miles, the same distance as a marathon.

The ladies, who all work for the University’s student residential and catering department imago, came together at the request of Michelle Cunningham.  “We all know someone who has been affected by cancer and we also have a colleague who was diagnosed with breast cancer this year so when I saw this opportunity I thought it would be very worthwhile.

“We take part in the annual Wear It Pink day to support the cause but undertaking this challenge was going one step further and I would like to thank all the ladies who volunteered to take part and all those who have sponsored us. The bike ride took between one hour and 40 minutes and two hours 40 minutes, but we all completed the challenge.”

Some of the ladies bikes for the event were generously lent free of charge and serviced by Glenn Coltman of Pedal Power and cogz, the University’s campus based bike shop.

Altogether 350 people took part in the event with the Loughborough ladies raising £2,200 between them for the Charity.

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Notes for editors:

  1. Around 7000 women in the Midlands are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. To find out more about Breast Cancer Campaign and how you can help to put the brakes on breast cancer, go to www.breastcancercampaign.org.

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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