Last chance to get in the saddle for big charity ride

PEDAL POWER From left, Emma Watts and Martina Heath of Fareham Borough Council, Steve Eneas, former Mayor of Fareham Councillor Trevor Cartwright and Adam Brockett with the former Mayor of Gosport Councillor Christopher R Carter at the front. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120848-3)
PEDAL POWER From left, Emma Watts and Martina Heath of Fareham Borough Council, Steve Eneas, former Mayor of Fareham Councillor Trevor Cartwright and Adam Brockett with the former Mayor of Gosport Councillor Christopher R Carter at the front. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120848-3)
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THERE’S still time to dig out your bike and sign up to the British Heart Foundation’s 32-mile bike ride.

Already 695 people have signed up to Round the Harbours tomorrow and we’re calling on readers to participate alongside them.

It’s the 16th time the event has taken place and the charity hopes to raise £50,000 for the ride to help with its research and support services for heart conditions.

The circular cycle route passes through Southsea, Havant, Fareham and Gosport, using the Gosport and Hayling ferries to cross the water and riders can choose which location to start from.

Event organiser Adam Brockett, from the BHF, said: ‘Yet again the people of Portsmouth are set to come out in force to join this amazing bike ride.

‘It’s great that we get so much support from all over the region for this unique ride.

‘We’re aiming for more than 1,500 riders to take part and with so many already signed up, it’s set to be another good year.’

Anyone wanting to take part in the ride can register tomorrow at any of the four locations between 8.15am and 10.30am. Participants can then start their challenge any time between 9am and 10.30am.

Riders leaving from Havant will begin at Langstone Technology Park, on Langstone Road. Lots of free parking and toilet facilities make this the best starting point for people coming from outside the area.

At Fareham the ride will start from Bath Lane Recreation Ground, Bath Lane.

Cyclists who want to start their challenge from Gosport will leave from Stokes Bay car park, on Stokes Bay Road.

And in Southsea the starting point is on Clarence Esplanade, next to the Esplanade Car Park.

Participants must bring their own bike, helmet, puncture repair kit, food, water and any necessary medication.

Entry on the day is £20 for adults and £10 for children.