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Charity cyclists raise £12,500 for air ambulance

PUBLISHED: 11:28 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:28 03 May 2018

Cyclists line up to start the ride at East Colne airfield. Picture: GEORGE WEBSTER/EHAAT

Cyclists line up to start the ride at East Colne airfield. Picture: GEORGE WEBSTER/EHAAT

GEORGE WEBSTER/EHAAT

A host of charitable cyclists came together last weekend to raise over £12,500 for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

Participants raised over �12,500 in sponsorship. Picture: GEORGE WEBSTER/EHAATParticipants raised over �12,500 in sponsorship. Picture: GEORGE WEBSTER/EHAAT

The Colne Valley Cycle Ride, which started from the cricket field at East Colne airfield on Sunday, April 29, attracted nearly 400 riders – including club cyclists, families, and one father and son team on a tandem.

Riders had a choice of three, 20, 50 and 80-mile routes, with those tackling the longest distances treated with scenic views of Wakes Colne, Steeple Bumpstead, Wethersfield and Castle Hedingham.

Cyclists had a choice of three, 20, 50 and 80-mile routes. Picture: GEORGE WEBSTER/EHAATCyclists had a choice of three, 20, 50 and 80-mile routes. Picture: GEORGE WEBSTER/EHAAT

There was also a large turnout from the family of an airlifted patient, one of whom raised over £1,000 in sponsorship.

Fay Boissieux, event manager at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, said “It was great to see so many cyclists turn out for this event despite the grey skies. The day has raised over £12,500, with more sponsorship still to come, which will help keep our life-saving work service operational, so we’d like to thank everyone who took part.

Nearly 400 cyclists gathered for the event on Sunday. Picture: GEORGE WEBSTER/EHAATNearly 400 cyclists gathered for the event on Sunday. Picture: GEORGE WEBSTER/EHAAT

“The 80 mile route, new for this year, was particularly popular with those who wanted to cycle on roads used by the Tour de France on its last visit to the UK.

“Thanks too to all our volunteers who helped to marshal the event. Many spent hours standing at road junctions to make sure that everyone got back safely.”

Cyclists who would like to ride in support of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance can sign up for the Summer Cycle Ride under `Events’ at www.ehaat.org.

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