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Cyclists stop off at Blundeston church during bike ride

The Suffolk Historic Church Trust Cycle Ride in Blundeston. Picture by: Mick Howes.

The Suffolk Historic Church Trust Cycle Ride in Blundeston. Picture by: Mick Howes.

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ON YER BIKE: Hundreds of cyclists and walkers took to the streets and paths of Suffolk to raise money for historic churches in the county.

The annual Suffolk Historic Churches Trust sponsored ride and walk saw people visit as many of Suffolk’s churches as they could, raising money for their upkeep and protection.

Despite a wet start to the day, which also saw the Aviva Men’s Tour of Britain snake through the county, the bike ride has been hailed a success.

Patrick Grieve, chairman of the ride organising committee, said: “Although there was wind and rain first thing, the sun came out by midday.

“There was less Lycra about, but reasonable numbers and many more children and parents out riding this year. Several churches ran out of chocolate biscuits.”

Barbara Shaw, churchwarden at St Mary the Virgin Church in Blundeston, also said the weather put off many cyclists.

However Jenny Poole, churchwarden at St Mary Church in Ashby – which welcomed about nine cyclists between 9am and 1pm – said: “They always come with a smile on their face, in spite of the weather.”

The annual ride has grown over the years, starting as a Suffolk-only event before spreading across England.

In a message to supporters, a trust spokeswoman said: “Thank you very much for your enthusiasm and we hope you enjoyed the day.

“To all our amazing volunteers who sat in draughty church porches and unfailingly greeted riders with a smile, a special thanks.”

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