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'A marvellous day': Riders young and old enjoy charity cycle ride

PUBLISHED: 17:27 12 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:27 12 May 2019

Beccles mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw sets the cyclists off for the Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride. Picture: John Swanbury

Beccles mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw sets the cyclists off for the Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride. Picture: John Swanbury

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More than 300 cyclists saddled up to be part of a popular charity bike ride.

Cyclists enjoy the Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride. Picture: John SwanburyCyclists enjoy the Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride. Picture: John Swanbury

The Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride returned for its 18th year on Sunday, May 12, with cyclists of all ages and abilities riding a variety of routes.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Beccles, the ride raises funds that are split evenly between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Rotary Club's charitable trust equally.

Cyclists head out on the Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride. Picture: John SwanburyCyclists head out on the Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride. Picture: John Swanbury

With the mayor of Beccles, Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, setting the cyclists off at 10am, the riders headed south from the Sir John Leman High School in Beccles on five possible distances of eight, 16, 25, 41 and 50 miles.

John Swanbury, publicity officer at the Rotary Club, said: "It went very well, we had a marvellous day for it.

Cyclists head out on the Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride. Picture: John SwanburyCyclists head out on the Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride. Picture: John Swanbury

"The numbers were a bit down with the rain last year, but we were well over 300 on the road this year.

"We had very strong support from a number of local cycling clubs and there were some lovely comments from people saying it was the best organised ride that they had taken part in and how pleasant the course was in the Suffolk countryside.

Cyclists set out on the Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride. Picture: John SwanburyCyclists set out on the Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride. Picture: John Swanbury

"We are still in thwe process of adding all the sponsorship up but we think we have raised about £7,000.

"We very much appreciate those who took part."

With prizes to be won for riders who raised the most sponsorship, certificates were presented for the distance ridden to all who finished.

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