8 February 2021
Annual cycling fund-raiser Back on the Beat is returning this May and has gone virtual.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, organisers are giving riders the option on taking on the challenge from the comfort of their home while raising money for the charity Police Treatment Centres (PTC).
Federation members are being encouraged to sign up to this year’s event, which challenges participants to ride 100km in seven days.
Chair of Derbyshire Police Federation Tony Wetton said: “This is a great excuse for Fed members to get active, while raising money for a very good cause which has been of huge benefit to Derbyshire officers over the past few years. This year, it’s easier than ever to get involved, you can even take on the challenge in front of the TV in your living room.”
This year’s event, which usually takes place at the PTC in Harrogate and around North Yorkshire, will run from 10 to 16 May, giving riders seven days to complete the challenge.
The PTC has two centres but both are currently closed due to the pandemic, although remote support is still available to its subscribing members. They support the police family with physical and psychological injuries, conditions and illnesses.
Participants can sign up for Back to the Beat individually or as a group and those who complete the event will receive a medal. Entry to the ride is £10, with all riders or teams pledging to raise a minimum of £100.