Bikes and beers for a good cause

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

WALK, run, cy­cle or steer your nar­row boat along the Grand Union Canal in an ale tasting marathon to help raise money for a west Lon­don hos­pi­tal char­ity.

Co­me­dian Harry En­field will fire the ‘start­ing gun’ be­fore mount­ing on his bike to pedal the 26-mile route from Royal Bromp­ton Hos­pi­tal in Chelsea to Hare­field Hos­pi­tal in Hare­field, both spe­cial­ist heart and lung cen­tres.

Royal Bromp­ton which has been vis­ited by stars of Made in Chelsea in the past, has since the end of last year been home to a new state-ofthe-art op­er­at­ing theatre which was part-funded by Royal Bromp­ton and Hare­field Hos­pi­tals Char­ity and re­cently vis­ited by the health min­is­ter.

The Grand Canal Chal­lenge is a first for the hos­pi­tals’ char­ity which is urg­ing peo­ple to sign up to the event on June 26 which can be taken on as an in­di­vid­ual, as part of a four per­son re­lay team or join at the half­way mark for the 13 mile chal­lenge.

Along the route there will be re­fresh­ments in­clud­ing four thirstquench­ing taster ale sta­tions set up to en­cour­age peo­ple to keep mov­ing.

Sights to see en-route in­clude pic­turesque Hyde Park to some of the cap­i­tal’s in­dus­trial past as well as tak­ing in some of the coun­try­side air be­fore cross­ing the fin­ish line by The Old Or­chard pub in Hare­field to cel­e­brate.

There will be a finishers bar­be­cue and beer fes­ti­val and en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing a ma­gi­cian as well as live mu­sic.

A com­pli­men­tary goody bag will be given to all par­tic­i­pants at the end.

The reg­is­tra­tion fee is £30 per per­son.

There is a min­i­mum amount of £150 to raise per per­son or £300 as part of a re­lay team.

All pro­ceeds raised will be split be­tween projects at both hos­pi­tals.

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