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Christian Aid launches new cycling and trekking challenges

This Autumn Christian Aid is launching two new and exciting challenge events, the London – Luxembourg Challenge and The Jurassic Coast Challenge. 

CyclistsThe London – Luxembourg Challenge is the newest, most exciting cycling event in Europe. One hundred intrepid cyclists of all abilities are being invited to take part in the 330 mile ride which begins in London on 29 September and arrives in Luxembourg City on 3 October.

The group will be in the saddle between 6 and 8 hours a day, riding along Kent country lanes and through picturesque French villages before crossing into Belgium, climbing 1,200 ft above sea level and entering the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg through its famous Fortress. 

A morning will then be spent sightseeing in this impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site before catching the train home.

A £99 registration fee will secure you a place on the cycle and participants are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,100. 

Walking eventsThe Jurassic Coast Challenge
is a brand new two day, 24 mile trek along the Dorset and Devon coastline for walkers of all levels. The weekend trek begins in Sidmouth on 17 September and ends in West Bay on 19 September.

The hike will cover a section of the South West Coastal Path, the UK's first natural World Heritage Site and a breathtaking section of coastline which records 185 million years of the earth's history in its rocks.

The challenge begins with an evening meal on the Friday, before the first day’s walking takes in the magnificent Undercliffs National Nature Reserve on its 15 mile route to Lyme Bay. 

Day two is a more leisurely 9 mile hike; from Lyme Regis through to Charmouth with an uphill climb to Golden Cap, the highest point on the Path, before arriving at West Bay.

Registration for the trek is £50 and participants are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £500. 

Alison Gregory, Events Manager said: 'Christian Aid Challenge events are a win win,  those who take part get fit, have fun and challenge themselves, and the money they raise helps Christian Aid to fund its vital work with poor communities around the world.  We are delighted to have two new events this year and hope to encourage more and more people to take part.'

Sign up today! Register now at www.christianaid.org.uk/events to secure a place.

Everyone taking part in a Christian Aid Challenge receives a training t-shirt, nutritional and training advice, a fundraising pack and a warm feeling inside knowing they are raising money for a great cause.

Also included in The Jurassic Coast Challenge registration fee are tents, camp site fees, meals and shuttle transfers between the trek route and campsite. And for the London – Luxembourg Challenge, riders will be provided with rest stops and refreshments, plus celebratory meal at the end of the event.

For further press information please contact:

Jade Holmes on 020 7523 2418, email: jholmes@christian-aid.org 
Karen Hedges on 020 7523 2404, email: khedges@christian-aid.org

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Photos available on request.

Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve.