London 2012 triple silver medalist Jon-Allan Butterworth along with the Sprint and Paralympic GB cycling teams launched a brand new route as part of the Help for Heroes Hero Ride 2014 starting from Manchester today.
Last year, hundreds of people cycled from Manchester in support of Help for Heroes so this year the charity have launched an organized ride to encourage more people to get involved - which you can do by clicking here to sign up!
Starting in bustling Manchester, the route heads south through the beautiful Peak District, and past the impressive Tutbury Castle. Then visit the National Memorial Arboretum – the UK’s Centre of Remembrance – to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Cycling with wounded Servicemen and women, it then continues along the quiet roads of Leicestershire, chocolate box villages of Northamptonshire and charming towns of Hertfordshire, before reaching Blackheath where the riders will unite with the expected 2000 people from other rides for the epic finish in London.
Those who have also benefitted from the help that Help for Heroes offers and will be taking part in the ride too include Band of Brothers members Lance Sergeant Nathan Cumberland lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan and Private Jamie Hull who suffered horrendous injuries, including 60% third-degree burns and partially paralysed feet whilst piloting a light aircraft in Florida.
Nathan said: “As an injured soldier who has received help from H4H and fortunate enough to now work for H4H I have seen both sides of how they help the wounded, injured and sick and I am confident in saying that the public are more aware of the injured returning from war thanks to the charity H4H. There will be a huge amount of injured soldiers seeking help from H4H for the rest of their lives. Hero ride is important as it is a great fundraising tool to assist the wounded and help them on their road to recovery. It also gets the public backing our armed forces and raises awareness that the injured will need help for the rest of the lives.
I am taking part in the Manchester to London Hero Ride to show that even with life changing injuries I can still push myself and show the public that being injured is not the end but a new beginning and a new challenge in life.”
Hero Ride brings together bike rides from near and far, finishing with ten miles on closed roads through London on Sunday 8 June. This display of unity will show the public’s support for our wounded, sick and injured service personnel.
To sign up for the Manchester to London Charity Bike Ride please click here - or you can text HERO RIDE to 60777 (standard text rate) and we'll call you back!