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Woodbridge: Army’s elite riders take on barracks circuit

Army peloton races in Woodbridge
. Pictures by Sgt Russ Nolan RLC.

Army peloton races in Woodbridge . Pictures by Sgt Russ Nolan RLC.

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The best of the Army’s cyclists descended on Suffolk for an afternoon of fast-paced racing.

Army peloton races in Woodbridge
. Pictures by Sgt Russ Nolan RLC.Army peloton races in Woodbridge . Pictures by Sgt Russ Nolan RLC.

Woodbridge’s Rock Barracks hosted a leg of the Army Cycling Union Inter Corps Road Race, with some 90 cyclists from units across the country completing a circuit of the camp, which is home to 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault).

The event, which included a 24-mile race for elite male and female riders and an 18-mile race for novices, was the third in a 10-race series which sees the Army’s corps race each other in a team contest - the pick of the riders going forward to represent the Army in the inter-services championship.

The men’s elite race was won for the Corps of Royal Engineers by Lance Corporal Ian Cullen of 29 EOD and Search Group, based at Wimbish, in Essex.

The 26-year-old said: “This is only my second year racing and I’m really proud to have won an elite race. Sport is very important in the Army and events like this manage to be both very competitive and very relaxed. You get to know fellow cyclists and everyone supports each other – until the race starts!

“I came back from a tour of Afghanistan in 2012 and decided to buy myself a bike to ride to work and progressed from there. I put in about 15 hours of structured training a week and my unit is very flexible about giving me the time to train and race.”

A 333 mile journey home for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation finished on Saturday when the Hike4Hopey charity walkers arrived at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

Seven suspected Ukrainian illegal immigrants have been arrested after their yacht ran aground on the Suffolk coast today.

Several people were stuck for reportedly more than an hour on a ride at the Cymbeline Meadow fair, Colchester.

Family of a Suffolk man who died from a brain tumour have attended a ceremony to open a Quiet Room in his memory at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

A spring cleaning campaign across west Suffolk has seen volunteers litter pick and remove more than 460 bags of waste from public open spaces.

Firefighters tackled a “needless” blaze at the former Manganese Bronze plant in Ipswich on Sunday night.

The fire in the top floor of the two-storey derelict building, behind houses on Hadleigh Road, was caused by trespassers.
 The fire was reported at around 5.30pm on April 30 and six crews, including an aerial appliance, were expected to battle the blaze for several hours last night.
 Station Commander Jon Southgate, of Princes Street station, said the fire was caused by someone deliberately or accidentally setting the fire.
 “There are numerous discarded needles around the site and from experience we know there will be needles inside as well,” he said. “We will not be entering the building because I want to ensure the safety of our firefighters. 
 “It is a shame that we are now going to have four crews fighting a completely needless and preventable fire.”

It may have been a forgettable season finish for Blues fans at Portman Road on Saturday – but one moment of magic should cheer even the most desolate of supporters.

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