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Junior bike ride

Last updated: 2004-05-04

Leading children and family services charity Norwood this week launched the Junior Bike Ride, a sponsored cycle challenge on Sunday 18 July specially for 7-14 year olds, their family and friends.  Announcing details for this year’s event, Norwood challenged youngsters to sign up in record numbers for the ride of their lives and ‘blaze the trail’ on the 10-mile off-road adventure through the beautiful Bracknell Nature Reserve in Windsor Forest.

The Junior Bike Ride is a great family day out offering participants quality time together cycling through picturesque countryside whilst also getting some healthy exercise.  Ian Tate, Head of Challenges at Norwood explained: “The Junior Bike Ride gives people a chance to get together with old friends, make new friends and is a great way of injecting the fun back into fundraising for the whole family.  It’s the coolest, greenest way to do some good.  All you need is yourself, your bike and your helmet.  We’ll provide the mud, mess and mates!”

The Junior Bike ride is totally safe and highly organised.  Marshals line the route of the ride to ensure that nobody gets lost, and there are breaks for refreshments along the way!  Norwood Challenges are offering a free helmet to the first 100 children to register for the ride and are also giving away an iPod for the most successful fundraiser at the event.  They can even arrange for people to hire a bike if needed. Everyone who registers for the ride will receive a free Junior Bike Ride t-shirt and once signed up, Norwood Challenges offers all participants training, safety and fundraising tips as well as a free personalised website to enable people to fundraise on-line. All the children that cross the finishing line are awarded medals and certificates to recognise their achievements. 

In the words of Ilana Angel aged 15: “I’ve done the Junior Bike Ride five times and have always found it an incredible experience.  My brothers and friends had always told me how much fun it was and I have to agree.  In all the years I’ve participated, I have always had loads of friends to ride around with.  Not only will you be happy doing the ride, but you will also be making the people that Norwood supports happy!”

Registration for the Junior Bike Ride is £10 per person, and Norwood Challenges suggest a minimum sponsorship of £50 per family. 

Anyone interested in participating can find out more from the Junior Bike Ride website at or call Debra Spector at Norwood Challenges on 020 8420 6834, or email

Norwood Challenges is delighted to have the Wokingham Times Group and The JC on board as joint media sponsors of the Junior Bike Ride.