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Surrey groups to benefit from RideLondon cash

Community groups could win up to £150,000 each following Surrey County Council’s involvement in the successful inaugural Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycling event.

Thousands of spectators lined the county’s streets on 4 August to watch elite cyclists join around 16,000 amateur riders on a 100-mile course through London and Surrey.

Now Surrey County Council is calling for local sporting and leisure groups to bid for charitable funding from the proceeds of the event. Last year London Marathon Charitable Trust, owners of the London Marathon Limited (joint organisers of the event), made grants of around £5 million to community leisure groups in London and South Northamptonshire. The London Marathon’s involvement in the 2013 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey festival now means Surrey groups are eligible.

Helyn Clack, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “After the success of RideLondon this is a great chance for Surrey groups to benefit from extra funding. Past grants have been awarded for everything from better facilities right up to preserving sports grounds. The main criteria are that the work can be done within two years and have a community benefit, so I hope plenty of groups will take this opportunity and apply.”

Surrey community recreation groups have until 30 September to submit their grant application.

For more information and to find an application form, visit the Virgin Money London Marathon website – www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com – and click on the Marathon Centre link and then the London Marathon Charitable Trust page.

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