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3,000 bikers take part in Essex and Herts Air Ambulance motorbike run to Harwich

PUBLISHED: 09:01 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 11 September 2017

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

More than 3,000 motorbikers took part in the 18th annual air ambulance charity motorcycle run to Harwich.

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHESAnnual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Motorcycle Run, which sees bikers travel 60 miles from Ford Dunton to Harwich, took place on Sunday.

This year’s event saw more than 3,000 bikers take part, leaving in three groups from Dunton at 11am after being entertained by acrobatic parkour/free running group Team Kinetix.

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHESAnnual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

They then headed to Harwich to be greeted by heaving crowds at the Harwich Family Fun Day.

The Family Fun Day hosted trade stands, including Colchester Kawasaki and Triumph, as well as fun games for all the family, a helicopter simulator, and live music from Lord Toffington.

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHESAnnual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

The fun day also saw the first promotional outing of the charity’s newly-branded MD902 Explorer helicopter, which landed on the beach to allow the public to get up close and personal to their lifesaving air ambulance and the air crew inside it.

The crew included critical care paramedic Scott McIlwaine, pre-hospital care doctors Jordan Webbe and Ben Clarke, pilot Mark Holmes and co-pilot Will Hordley.

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHESAnnual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

Jen Wall, Volunteer and Events Manager for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, said: “Despite challenging weather, it was a brilliant turnout for the charity.

“This event has been running for eighteen years now, and the support continues to grow.

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHESAnnual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

“Our relationship with the biker community is incredibly special, and it’s such a thrill to introduce new members of the community to this event every single year.

“Our events wouldn’t be possible without help, so a huge thank you goes to our headline sponsors the Woodland Group and SVC, as well as everyone who helped on the day – from our police escorts to parking volunteers.”

Harwich mayor , John Brown welcomes bikers
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHESHarwich mayor , John Brown welcomes bikers PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

A spokeswoman for the charity said the funds raised from this event will be counted over the coming week.

The event normally raises in the region of £30,000. Last year’s even was attended by a bumper 5,000 bikers, after the day was blessed with perfectly sunny weather.

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHESAnnual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

• For more information about Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and their events, visit www.ehaat.org

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHESAnnual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHESAnnual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHESAnnual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

Annual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance
PICTURE :SEANA HUGHESAnnual charity motorbike ride to Harwich for Essex Air Ambulance PICTURE :SEANA HUGHES

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