THE Acorn Dalmatian Bike Ride, which started in 2012, returns on June 8, and organisers hope this year's event will reach a £250,000 fundraising target for St David's Hospice Care.

There are four routes on offer, 24, 37, 45 and 58 miles. One of the routes follows the scenic tow path of the Mon Brecon canal from the basin in Brecon – through Abergavenny, Cwmbran, and Pontypool – all the way to Newport.

Beth Harrington, of St David’s Hospice Care, said: “We’re all working together to get the Acorn Dalmatian Bike ride to smash its fund raising target.

"The Dally, as it’s come to be known, is a truly wonderful, fun event which appeals to all levels of cyclists.

“The Mon Brecon Canal tow path route is a particular favourite among those looking for a good ride and some unique scenery along the way.

"Places for that route are limited so don’t delay and make sure that you get your entries in today.”

A pair of real life Dalmatians came along to St David’s Hospice, in Malpas, recently to help support the charity bid. And beastly Disney character, Cruella de Vil, also made an appearance to add her support.

Dalmatians owner and champion breeder Linda David, of Blaenavon, brought champion dog Mabel, aged five and her son Jonty, seven months, to the Newport hospice.

Linda, who came with friend Janet Saunders, said: “We’re delighted to be able to help promote this wonderful event and St David’s Hospice Care.”

Organiser Dave Rees, who has been with the Acorn Dalmatian Bike Ride every pedal of the way said: “Linda’s support with her two marvellous Dalmatians and also Cruella Deville’s is absolutely priceless. We’re very thankful that they came along.”

Dave, sticking his head through the Dalmatian Bike Ride publicity board, said: “We need to raise £22,450 this year so we can top the £250,000 mark-I really think we can do it. The event is one which people have really taken to their hearts over the years so we’re just asking for a final big push this year so we can all reach our target.”

For more details about this year's event, contact Dave Rees at or call Beth Harrington at St David’s Hospice Care on 01633 851051 or