Suffolk Sunrise ride to attract hundreds of fundraisers

Cyclists taking part in the Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride for children's charity Action Medical Rese

Cyclists taking part in the Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride for children's charity Action Medical Research in 2012

More than 1,300 cyclists are expected to line up for the start of a fundraising ride through the Suffolk countryside in just over a fortnight.

The Suffolk Sunrise 100 sets off from Framlingham College on Sunday, May 10, in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Riders get to choose from three routes, covering distances of 45, 60 or 103 miles of country lanes and coastal scenery, before crossing the finish line back at the college.

All routes include chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics.

The event is part of the Action Medical Research’s RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides to help fund research into the prevention and treatment of disease and disability in babies and children.

Among the riders will be Elgan Hallett, from East Harling, near Thetford, who lost his daughter, Seren, after she was born prematurely last July.

Mr Hallett said: “It’s important for me to able to do this challenge in memory of Seren and to help other babies that may be born prematurely.

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“Action Medical Research funds research to help understand premature birth and help save the lives of sick children, and it’s a charity that’s well worth the effort in raising funds for.”

Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around premature birth, childhood cancer, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy and cystic fibrosis, as well as rarer conditions that severely affect children’s health.

There is still time to take part the ride. Entry costs £38 if registered by 9pm on Wednesday, May 6. Cyclists can also register for £45 from 6.30am-9am on the day.

Rides start between 7am and 9.30am, with friends, family and spectators invited to cheer on returning riders from 11.30am until late afternoon at Framlingham College.

All riders must wear a cycle helmet and be aged 16 or over on the day of the event.

There will be basic changing facilities at the start and finish, and most of the checkpoints will have toilet facilities.

Lunch is provided along the route, including vegetarian options. Riders and supporters will also be able to buy food at the finish.

Visit to register or find out more information.