23rd Oct, 2020

Evesham cyclists pedalling for Baggies Foundation

Liam Moakes 22nd Jan, 2018

CYCLISTS have been using their pedal power at Wattbike classes in Evesham to raise funds for the West Bromwich Albion Foundation.

The classes been have organised by Evesham resident and current British quadrathlon champion Helen Russell, who has put the cyclists through their paces at a series of classes aimed at increasing their power and cycling technique.

In addition to organising the classes, Russell will also be cycling from Swansea City FC to the Hawthorns in April as part of the Baggies Bike Challenge.

The event will see a team of riders, including former WBA players Brendon Batson and Bob Taylor, cycle the 120-mile route from the Liberty Stadium in Swansea to arrive in West Bromwich in time for the game between Swansea and the Baggies on April 7.

The WBA Foundation uses the power of football and other sports to work in communities to help raise aspirations and create opportunities for those who are disadvantaged or face barriers in life.

The charity runs a number of programmes, including educational initiatives in schools to help those struggling to achieve, mentoring programmes for children in care or foster homes and sports events to increase the participation of girls and disabled children.

There is one more chance to take part in a class at the Wattbike Centre on the Vale Industrial Estate, Evesham, on March 15 and cyclists are being encouraged to sign up. The class is suitable for riders of all abilities, from recreational to club cyclists and costs £10, with all proceeds going to the Albion Foundation.

Russell said: “Although I prefer cycling to football, this charity is close to my heart as my family have always been Baggies supporters.

“However, this isn’t about what football team you support, this is about helping a charity that uses sport to improve lives and communities in the Midlands.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the Wattbike classs should contact Russell on helenback75@yahoo.co.uk. To donate to her Baggies Bike Challenge ride, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helenrussell-baggiesbikechallenge.

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