Stoke & Staffordshire

Chase cycle trail in National Lottery Awards vote appeal

Cycling trail
Image caption Cycle trails in the Chase hope to encourage physical activity while protecting sensitive habitats

Chase Trails Cycle Project in Cannock Chase needs your vote as it goes head to head with other National Lottery-funded projects in the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2011.

The awards recognise the difference that lottery-funded projects - both big and small - make to local communities.

This south Staffordshire project involves local people in the design, build, maintenance and use of mountain bike trails in Cannock Chase by providing equipment, training and machine hire to get courses started.

There are currently two trails in the Chase. Follow the Dog was the first dedicated mountain bike trail in the Midlands. And the eight kilometre Monkey Trail was recently voted as the best cycle trail in the UK by readers of Mountain Bike Rider.

It is one of only 10 projects to make it through in the Best Sport Project category.

June vote

There are seven categories in the awards, each reflecting the main areas of lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.

The winning project in each of the categories will pick up their award at a ceremony broadcast on BBC One, as well as a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.

Voting for the semi-finals starts at 9am on Tuesday, 31 May and ends at midday on Monday, 20 June.

Jason Maclean, project manager for Chase Trails Cycle Project, says: "We're delighted to have reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards.

"We hope that people in the area, whether they've been involved or not, will feel as proud as we do with what's been achieved.

"It's easy to vote, so we're hoping people support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for everyone involved in the project to receive national recognition for all their hard work."

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