Met officers have launched The Bluelight Cycling Club, the UK’s first cycling club for emergency services workers, which organises safe and friendly cycle rides while raising money for charity.
Officers from around the country are invited to join the club, which is a great way to keep fit, boost wellbeing and meet like-minded people. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to those who are up for 200-mile challenges.
The spark for the idea came from three Met Police officers who planned a London to Paris cycle ride to raise money for police charities and found that a huge amount of people were keen to get involved.
That ride was cancelled due to COVID, but the organisers came up with a plan to form a cycling club that encompassed all emergency services workers. The Bluelight Cycling Club was launched on 4 May to include the police, fire service, NHS, coastguard, RNLI, prison service and armed forces; over 200 members signed up in the first week.
Joining the cyclists on rides will be ambassadors including former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies MBE, former rugby union player Martin Johnson CBE and professional cyclist Chris Pritchard.
Annual membership costs just £29.99, which gives members the opportunity to join regular rides, including major events such as London to Paris. Members are also put into a ballot to enter any Velo29 event free of charge, and get access to hundreds of discounts with some of sport’s biggest brands.
The club will hold fundraising events throughout the year, raising money for five charities: Care of Police Survivors (COPS); The Firefighters Charity; The Coastguard Association; Help for Heroes; and NHS Charities Together.
Find out more about The Bluelight Cycling Club and join up here: www.bluelightcc.co.uk