Brands Hatch Celebrates Paralympics Anniversary

Brands Hatch will host two cycling events to celebrate the anniversary of the 2012 Paralympic Games Road Cycling competition.

Cyclothon UK will return to Brands Hatch for the third consecutive year on Thursday 5 September, with both solo riders and teams taking part in the 12 hour endurance race on the Grand Prix circuit.

The event was devised by former England rugby international Victor Ubogu and has enlisted several colleagues and rivals to take part in the Cyclothon Home Nations Challenge Trophy, featuring the English team, Wales’ Team Dragons and Scotland’s Team Jocks.

“Since retiring from rugby I’ve enjoyed so many aspects of cycling – from a fun activity my whole family can enjoy, to a tough athletic challenge and a good social adventure having previously participated in charity trips to Egypt and Cuba,” said Ubogu. “Cyclothon was a chance for me to bring this challenge back home and give others the opportunity to raise funds, build a team and have a great day out in a safe track environment”.

Entries are closed but admission to the event, which starts at 7:30am, is free, with the podium presentations to take place at 7:30pm.

Meanwhile, a charity event open to the public will take place on Friday 13 September at 5:15. Cyclicsts will get the chance to sample the tough Brands Hatch circuit while raising money for Action for Children. Individuals are encouraged to raise at least £50 in sponsorship, with families to raise at least £100. Entry for spectators will be free of charge, with cold drinks, snacks, ice cream and other refreshments available during the evening.

“The events will be a great family evening out, and will help make a life-changing difference to disadvantaged and neglected children, young people and their families,” said Action for Children Fundraiser for Kent, Selena Goldsmith. “It will be a fun, healthy way to raise vital funds for a great cause.”