UK Sheene Run to benefit charity group

Ride high for Mencap at The National Rally The National Rally is perfectly sandwiched in the middle of Goodwood's Festival of Speed and the British Grand Prix, to provide biking enthusiasts with the perfect road race on...

Ride high for Mencap at The National Rally

The National Rally is perfectly sandwiched in the middle of Goodwood's Festival of Speed and the British Grand Prix, to provide biking enthusiasts with the perfect road race on 2-3 July. The 24 hour 'navigational scatter rally' can be started from anywhere in Britain. It takes in any number of destinations (control points) chosen by the rider from a BMF and ACU authorised map. The aim of The National Rally is to gain as many points as the rider can within a certain amount of time and mileage. It is a timed road race ending in Rugby and tests the rider's skills and endurance. Mencap does not require a minimum sponsorship but is just asking the riders to pledge whatever they can raise.

The National Rally has been running since the 1930's and is part of motorcycling tradition. Riders can either ride solo or as part of a three person team and the race includes a scooter category along with the standard motorbike class. Riders are encouraged to go for one of the awards on offer; Platinum being the highest award equates to covering 540 miles in 20 hours!

Many enthusiasts will already be aware of the National Rally but few may be inclined to raise sponsorship - however Mencap is a charity which offers people who face prejudice the chance to lead independent lives. At present 9 out of 10 people with a learning disability are bullied during their lifetime and Mencap needs the help of the 1,500 National Rally participants to put an end to this by helping Mencap support the people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Mencap is named beneficiary charity for the Sheene Run, on the anniversary of Barry Sheene's death

Leading UK learning disability charity Mencap, has been chosen as this years beneficiary charity for the Sheene Run - the Midland's biking extravaganza to be held on 3 July 2005 in Rugby town centre. All proceeds from the day will go towards helping the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability.

The Sheene Run is named after biking legend Barry Sheene, who sadly passed away from cancer two years ago (10 March 2003). This memorial tribute is attended by motorbike enthusiasts from across the country. Organised by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU), the Sheene Run is a mile long course through the town of Rugby; giving riders and revellers the chance to delight in the world of two wheels as motorbikes of all pedigrees parade past.

BBC sports presenter Steve Parrish, and closed friend of Barry Sheene, has confirmed he will be attending the event. "I am looking forward to be being part of what promises to be a special and important day in the motorbike calendar."

"The aim of the Sheene Run is to benefit differing parts of society and for 2005 the chosen beneficiary will be Mencap, this national charity provides crucial support for people from all walks of life regardless of gender, race, creed or age. The very spirit of motorcycling has at its heart the same non discriminatory attitudes." Neil Hellings - Chief Executive ACU

With its carnival atmosphere, the Sheene Run includes stunt riders, extreme trials, Harley displays along with live music acts. The organisers have placed a strong emphasis on family fun and are guaranteeing that visitors will leave the event feeling even more enthused about their biking passion.

For further information regarding the Sheene Run and to purchase tickets please call the event hotline on 01788 566400 or visit www.thesheenerun.com

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