Date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:30

The Hilly Hundred returns to the hills of Cornwall on Sunday September 25 with comedian Russell Howard joining scores of cyclists on the marathon ride.

The event - now in its 7th year - raises vital funds for breast cancer education charity CoppaFeel! whose mission is to get young people checking their breasts regularly to ensure breast cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage possible.

The charity says that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some stage in their life so it is important to ‘coppafeel’ regularly.

CoppaFeel! has partnered with the Eden Project and  the Hilly Hundred will start and finish at the home of the famous Biomes.

Cyclists can choose between cycling 100 miles or 100km of Cornwall’s hilly and beautiful terrain in a day, which includes a cycle around the breath-taking Rainforest Biome.

The ride is mostly on tarmac with some off-road sections and is open to all cyclists aged 16 and over. All those who take part get a medal – and a pasty and a pint and sports massage on return to Eden.  There is also free entry to Eden for family and friends.

CoppaFeel supporter Russell will be tackling the hills with the team. He said: “I spent a week working with the CoppaFeel! team which taught me a lot about how important their work is so the more support we can give them, the better.

“I’m not a cyclist BUT much like my dad, I do love a bit of lycra so I’m looking forward to gracing the Cornish hills wearing something spectacular. Watch out Cornwall!”

Fancy dress is optional for all those taking part.

CoppaFeel! founder, Kris Hallenga said: “We like to be cheeky with our fundraising; The Hilly Hundred is a great way for us to raise awareness in a thought provoking way as well as raise much- needed funds. We want our campaigns to be fun and memorable and we’re thrilled to have the support from the Eden Project to bring you the best Hilly Hundred yet!”

Eden Project Managing Director Gordon Seabright said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Kris, Russell and the CoppaFeel! cyclists heading to Eden and we hope this great event gets all the support it deserves.”

There is still time to sign up at coppafeel.org/hillyhundred. To see Russell Howard talking about The Hilly Hundred, see https://youtu.be/NJxaqr1aMUg.

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