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Break The Cycle 2018 launched at Ashton Gate

Sponsors, organisers and fundraisers were at Ashton Gate on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the launch of Break the Cycle 2018 during Bristol Rugby’s GKIPA Championship match with Bedford Blues.

This year’s showpiece fundraising event will take place on Sunday, July 1st and once again, will feature a choice of routes for anyone saddling up for a good cause.

As well as the Bronze (40 miles), Silver (60 miles) and Gold (100 mile) courses, Break the Cycle 2018 has added a 10-mile Spectrum route to the menu, designed with accessibility in mind. The Spectrum route is for all ages and abilities and is tied in with the Foundation’s special educational needs and disability provision.

Entries for this year’s event open on Friday, February 2nd at 5pm through our online registration system, so stay tuned for information on how to secure your place.

Last year’s event raised more than £28,000, with event director, Paul Glanville targeting an even bigger total this time around.

“Sunday’s match was a great opportunity to get a great group of people together, spend some time getting to know each other, and exchange some memorable experiences from last year’s event, made unforgettable because it coincided with the hottest day of the year,” he said. 

“Everyone enjoyed watching the match and all of the fantastic community activities going on. The day was great fun and really worthwhile, as we turn our attention to this year’s event taking place on July 1st.”

Break the Cycle was founded in 2011 and aims to raise vital funds for Bristol Sport’s award-winning charities – Bristol Sport Foundation, Bristol City Community Trust, Bristol Rugby Community Foundation and Bristol Flyers Community - enabling them to continue delivering life-changing work across the Greater Bristol Community.

Every penny raised during Break The Cycle goes towards the funding, planning and delivery of each charity’s work across the region. From programmes focused on special educational needs and disability, to walking sports and dementia awareness – each of the charities works towards improving the lives of people young and old, using sport as the focus. All of the money you raise can, and will, make a huge difference.

"We were delighted to be part of such a fantastic event last year, raising over £1,000 for the award-winning Eagle Project,” said Rachael Sherratt from Women In Property, one of Sunday’s guests and a huge supporter of girls rugby in the city.

“Here at Women in Property, we strive to encourage women of all ages to follow their dreams and not be constrained by gender. It is clear that the Eagle Project has a lasting effect on all participants, giving them skills which will be useful in all aspects of life.

“Inspiring the next generation is something we would implore everyone to find time to do."

Break the Cycle has also launched its brand-new website, which can be found by clicking here – featuring information, news, testimonials, partner information, with lots more content on the way.

Don't forget to follow Break The Cycle on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.