Former Arsenal players among cyclists gearing up for charity bike ride in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 16:49 04 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:24 15 April 2019

Former Arsenal players David Seaman and Bob Wilson at the 2017 Hertfordshire 100 Bike Ride in support of Willow Foundation. Credit: Scantech Media

Former Arsenal players David Seaman and Bob Wilson at the 2017 Hertfordshire 100 Bike Ride in support of Willow Foundation. Credit: Scantech Media

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Former Arsenal players David Seaman and Lee Dixon will join hundreds of cyclists riding for a good cause in Welwyn Garden City next month.

Willow Foundation co-founder Bob Wilson with fundraiser Zena Ellis at the 2018 Hertfordshire 100 Bike Ride. Picture: supplied by Bike Events.Willow Foundation co-founder Bob Wilson with fundraiser Zena Ellis at the 2018 Hertfordshire 100 Bike Ride. Picture: supplied by Bike Events.

The sixth annual Hertfordshire 100 bike ride, which raises funds for Welwyn Hatfield-based national charity Willow Foundation, will be held on Sunday, May 5.

Organised by Bike Events and supported by Wrights Estate Agent of Hatfield, the event will start and finish at Stanborough Park with riders to follow quiet routes over three distances through villages and countryside.

It involves a 100-mile challenge geared towards the keen and competitive cyclists as well as 60-mile or 25-mile routes for those who prefer a more leisurely ride.

Willow works with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to provide them with uplifting and unforgettable Special Days at the most difficult of times.

For some, the Special Day is an opportunity to return some normality to their lives and, for others, it is their last chance to fulfil a dream.

Co-founder and fellow Arsenal legend and TV presenter Bob Wilson will be there to wave off cyclists on the day.

Bob said: “There are still some places left and every penny raised in sponsorship will help Willow to provide many more Special Days for seriously ill young adults.

“Each day is a life-affirming experience that can lift spirits, reunify families and be a source of strength when it's needed most, so please try to raise as much as you can through sponsorship – every penny raised, every gear change and every pedal stroke really will make such a difference.”

David, who is also a Willow ambassador, has taken part in three Herts 100 rides, having previously completed the 60-mile and 25-mile routes alongside Bob.

Willow was founded by Bob and his wife Megs 20 years ago in memory of their daughter Anna, who died of cancer aged 31.

Herts 100 entry fees cover ride organisation costs and participants are encouraged to seek sponsorship and donations to raise funds for the Willow Foundation.

Entry costs £20 for the shorter routes with discounts for team, club riders and children, or £25 for the 100-mile ride, which includes chip timing and web results.

Visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk/herts100 to find out more and to register.

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