Volunteers are needed for a charity bike ride which will raise cash for the T&A Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal, and there is still time to enter and raise cash for our £1 million campaign.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is appealing for people to help at the its flagship event, The Dales Rider, which will see participants tackle one of two routes through the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday, September 1.

One participant raising money towards our campaign, which aims to buy scientists at Bradford University’s Institute of Cancer Therapeutics vital equipment in the fight to pioneer new cancer treatments, is 86-year-old Thomas Woods.

And you could join him.

The event begins at Ilkley Cricket Club, with two circular routes of 65 and 26 miles.

Volunteering opportunities at the event include marshalling the route, cheering on participants, manning a water station and taking registrations.

All volunteers will be provided with refreshments and there will be a variety of times and locations to choose from.

Andy Pierce, events manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “Volunteers play a key role in running our events. We have seen from the success of London 2012’s Games Makers how rewarding volunteering can be and we would like to welcome anyone to come along and help at our Dales Rider event.

“You don’t need any previous experience as you will be fully briefed on what to do and it is a great way to meet people, enjoy the outdoors and ultimately help fund vital research.”

Volunteers will be supported by Ilkley bike store JD Cycles and Outdoor, the official partner of the event, who are providing on-the-day assistance as well as financial support.

For more information and to sign up, with the option of fundraising for the T&A Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal or Yorkshire Cancer Research, visit ycr.org.uk/thedalesrider, contact the events team on (01423) 877210 or e-mail events@ycr.org.uk.