Kent Blaxil cyclists raise £7,000 for charity with tour of Essex and Suffolk

Participants at the start of the 120-mile charity bike ride staff, suppliers and customers of Kent B

Participants at the start of the 120-mile charity bike ride staff, suppliers and customers of Kent Blaxill. - Credit: Archant

A 120-mile charity cycle ride by staff, suppliers and customers of regional builders merchant chain Kent Blaxill has raised more than £7,000 for two charities.

Around 50 cyclists took part in the tour of Essex and Suffolk, which started and finished at Kent Blaxill’s branch in Colchester and took in stops at Saffron Walden, Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury.

“Not all of the riders were experienced cyclists – one or two had not completed more than a 40-mile ride previously – so there were some heroic efforts in tackling the 120 miles,” said Simon Blaxill, Kent Blaxill managing director.

“After a damp start the rain held off and we had a really enjoyable day, with people in the saddle for up to nine hours.”

The proceeds from the sponsored ride will be split between the Rob George Foundation and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.