Monday, 28 April 2014

Cyclists aiming to set new record in aid of Lord Mayor’s charity

Caption: Riders Ben Wood, Andy North and Iain Harris with the Lady Mayoress Edna Murray and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Thomas Murray, before starting their journey to Dortmund.

Members of a cycling team have hit the road to Dortmund as part of an attempt to set a new record in aid of the Lord Mayor’s charity appeal and the Soldier’s Charity.

Leaving Millennium Square with a civic send off from the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray and the Lady Mayoress Edna Murray, three riders of the Ultra6 team, Andy North, Ben Wood and Iain Harris are aiming to cycle a distance of approximately 250 miles to reach Dortmund in a target time, excluding the ferry journey from Hull to Rotterdam, of under 20 hours. On their arrival in the German city which is twinned with Leeds, they will then pass a special message of welcome from the Lord Mayor of Leeds to his Dortmund counterpart.

The Ultra6 team will meet up with three riders in Dortmund from Leeds Trinity University and local businessman David Gale before cycling through Germany, Belgium, France, Lille, and arriving back on English soil in Hull on Sunday May 4. There they will be met by other cyclists, who in aid of the Lord Mayor’s 2014 Charity Cycle Ride, will be making the trip from Hull to Leeds, which will finish at approximately 3pm with a celebration of their efforts as part of a family fun day from 12 noon to 4pm at Temple Newsam Park.

Places are still available for cyclists to join the ride from Hull to Leeds. To find out more, please contact Pennine Events on: (01772) 447 979 or via email: support@pennineevents.co.uk

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray said:

"We feel extremely honoured that Andy, Ben and Iain from the Ultra6 team, have decided to take on such a massive challenge of a cycle ride to Dortmund and back to Leeds in order to raise funds for our LOFFTY Charity appeal and the Soldier’s Charity.

"As part of their ride, they are aiming to set a new record by reaching Dortmund in an extremely testing time of under 20 hours, and we certainly wish them all the best in their attempt which will provide a tough target for other cyclists to try and beat and in the future.

"We are looking forward to welcoming them back to Hull as they join other riders making the trip back to Leeds as part of the Lord Mayor’s Charity Cycle Ride, where they can be guaranteed a great ovation for their efforts at our family fun day at Temple Newsam Park."

Andy North, rider and managing director of Ultra6 said:

"We have taken on quite a few challenges at Ultra6 over the years, but our attempt to reach Dortmund in a time of below 20 hours and set a new record is certainly one of the biggest!

"It is though in aid of two fantastic causes, and we are really looking forward to joining other riders taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Charity Bike Ride at Hull before making the return to Leeds on Sunday May 4."

Notes to editors:

The key aim of the LOFFTY project, which stands for ‘Leeds Offers Fun For The Young’, is to raise funds that will provide additional fun activities for kids in the city during and after school, at weekends and throughout the school holidays.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the British Army’s national charity. Since 1944, it has been helping soldiers, veterans and families who are in need It helped more than 6,000 individuals last year with specialist wheelchairs, respite holidays, care home fees and grants to specialist military charities. For more information please see: www.soldierscharity.org

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk


England’s World Cup dreams to be screened live on big screen in Millennium Square


Caption: Fans can once again watch England's quest for World Cup glory on the big screen in Millennium Square.

Football fans will be able to follow the fortunes of England as they bid for World Cup glory in Brazil this summer in a popular Leeds city centre square.

In what promises to be another unforgettable experience for lovers of the beautiful game, Leeds City Council has confirmed that two of Roy Hodgson’s men’s group games will be shown on the big screen located in Millennium Square, along with a host of other matches held in the tournament.

A specially created outdoor viewing arena that has proved so successful during previous major football tournaments, will once again be available for supporters to watch England’s final two group games on Thursday 19 June (8pm KO) Tuesday 24 June (5pm KO) against Uruguay and Costa Rica. If England progress from the group stage, the round 16 knock-out game will also be shown on Millennium Square on either Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 June.

Due to the late kick-off of England’s opening game against Italy at 11pm on Saturday 14 June, fans are asked to note that this match will not be available on the big screen along with all of the quarter final matches taking place on the weekend of the Tour De France (Friday 4 to Sun 6 July) due to the arrival of the Grand Départ in the city.

Gates for each England match shown will be open approximately 1 ½ hours before kick-off and fans are advised to arrive early to secure their places as admission will be on a strictly first-come first-served basis until the capacity is reached. No tickets will be issued or required and the outdoor arena will also feature a fully-licensed bar, toilet facilities and themed catering outlets.

General coverage of other world cup matches together with coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championships will also be shown on the big screen wherever possible with normal street café trading of the surrounding businesses in operation.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

"We are delighted to confirm that two of England’s World Cup group games will definitely be shown on the big screen in Millennium Square this year, along with a host of other matches in the tournament.

"Bar England’s opening game, which will not be available on the big screen due to the late kick-off, we will once again be creating a special viewing area on Millennium Square for fans to watch Roy’s men in action, and let’s hope they can help make this a World Cup never to forget."

For further details, please contact Leeds City Council’s Events team on 0113 395 0891 or visit www.leeds.gov.uk

Notes to editors:

In the interest of public safety, the following conditions will apply on Millennium Square for all England Matches:

• Admission is on a strictly first-come first-served basis. No-one will be admitted once safe capacity is reached.

• Strictly no glass, cans, alcohol, or food may be brought into the venue

• CCTV will be in operation at the event with images recorded for the purpose of crime prevention and public safety.

• Event stewards will be entitled to search all spectators and/or their possessions on entry to venue. Staff will not take any responsibility for prohibited items.

• The organisers reserve the right to cancel transmission for any game and/or or refuse admission for whatever reason.

England’s final two group games on Thursday 19 June (8pm KO) Tuesday 24 June (5pm KO) against Uruguay and Costa Rica will be screened on Millennium Square. Due to the late kick-off of England’s opening game (11pm) against Italy on Saturday 14 June, and taking into consideration Millennium Square’s close location to both the Leeds General Infirmary and some residential properties, this match will not be available on the big screen.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk