Published Tuesday 4th July 2017

Two Herefordshire-based sports stars will play important roles in one of the county’s biggest cycle events.

Seven-time Paralympic Gold medal winning swimmer Sascha Kindred will be at the start line of the Wheelie Big Cycle next Sunday (16th), setting riders on their way from Hereford’s Livestock Market on Roman Road.

The annual event is a fundraiser for St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree.

Also attending will be England blind footballer Owen Bainbridge who is offering sports massages to cyclists in need of one after returning to the Livestock Market.

‘I think it’s important for the whole community to get together at events like this,’ said Sascha.

‘We live in a beautiful part of the world and it’s great that so many people are active and want to get out and enjoy it.’

Owen said; ‘It will be fantastic to see people making the effort.

‘It’s not about elite sport, and hopefully it will kick-start something among those taking part to do more of it.’

There’s still time to sign up for the 16, 32, 60 or 93-mile routes by visiting the St Michael’s Hospice website at

Those wishing to take part in the 93-mile route must sign up in advance.