Emma-Jayne Bikeathon for Hull Royal Infirmary

STRAP on your cycling gear for the lucky 13th annual Emma-Jayne Bikeathon this Sunday and help to raise money for a great cause.

Last year over 200 people took part in the bikeathon, as well as the popular walk, both of which set off from the Splash (Royal Oak) at Little Cawthorpe.

The event has become the flagship of the Emma-Jayne Fund, set up by parents Ruth and Tony Knowles of Sutton on Sea in memory of their daughter who died from a brain tumour aged just 22.

Emma-Jayne’s plight has since caught the hearts of the public, and through such events Ruth and Tony have managed to raise more than £120,000 for the neurosurgical unit at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Entrants can choose the event to suit them, with 12 and 30-mile cycle routes and a 3.5-mile walk on offer.

This year two neuro-surgeons plus Kevin Morris, the doctor who worked with Emma-Jayne, will be crossing the Humber from Hull to take part.

And all proceeds from the 2012 event will go towards a tissue embedding centre, microscissors, forceps and rehabilitation chairs for the Hull unit.

Local businesses do their bit to help the event run smoothly too, from Louth Cycle Hire, who provide free bikes, to chocolate bars from Your Move in Sutton on Sea and water bottles from Huttoft Service Station.

Ruth said: “We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the weather. We hope to see as many people as possible take part and I’m sure we’ll have a brilliant day.”

This year’s bikeathon starts at 11am this Sunday, July 22, with the walk getting underway 15 minutes later.

Entrants can take part by picking up a sponsor form from the website, www.emma-jaynememorialfund.co.uk, from the Splash, Louth Cycle Centre, Nottingham Building Society or from Ruth on 01507 441347.

Late entries on the day are also welcome; just make a donation to the fund as you arrive.