FROM the majesty of the Pennine Bridleway to the tracks of the Saddleworth Rail Trail, the Oldham area is a playground for cyclists.

And local bikers are now being urged to use their pedal power to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The charity is launching its Cancer Research UK Cycle 300 challenge by encouraging men and women to sign up now and then choose how, when and where to clock up 300 miles on a bike during the month of September.

There are many ways to hit the 300-mile mark. Commuters can notch up to 10 miles a day on their cycle to work, weekend enthusiasts can plan epic 75-mile routes through the countryside, while gym bunnies can step up the spin classes to hit their target.

Anna Taylor, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the North West, said: “In the same month the Tour of Britain – the UK’s biggest road race – is due to pass through Saddleworth, we are urging everyone to get inspired and get on their bikes.

“Cycle 300 is the perfect opportunity to combine all the benefits of cycling, the thrill of a physical challenge and the fantastic sense of achievement from raising money for a great cause, all at the same time.

“It is a great fundraising challenge because you can choose how, when and where to do it, so that it fits in with your lifestyle and commitments.”

She added: “You can sign up to Cycle 300 on your own or make it more social by challenging family, friends and colleagues to join you. It’s a fantastic opportunity to commit to a healthy challenge now, so you have something to aim for in September.

"Taking on Cycle 300 is a great way to enjoy the health benefits of cycling and keeping active.

"As well as helping to build fitness and burn excess calories, cycling regularly encourages a healthier heart, can improve mood, and can also protect against a range of diseases – including cancer."

Depending on weight and effort, participants could burn roughly between 400 to 750 calories per hour of cycling.

Anna continued: “One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Research is very expensive and the only way we can afford to fund it is with the help of our supporters. By taking part in Cancer Research UK Cycle 300, men and women can make a real difference in the fight against the disease.

“Everyone who participates in Cancer Research UK Cycle 300 will be supporting the efforts of doctors, nurses and scientists working on the front line against cancer.”

To sign up now for a free fundraising pack visit