Dozens hit the road for West Norfolk Mayor’s charity bike run

21st King's Lynn Mayor's Appeal Motorbike Run, ANL-150811-221655009

21st King's Lynn Mayor's Appeal Motorbike Run, ANL-150811-221655009

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Almost 100 kilograms of food were collected for needy people in the Lynn area thanks to riders taking part in the Mayor’s Appeal Motorbike run at the weekend.

More than 50 bikers took part in the 21st annual run, which started from C&A Superbikes at Saddlebow, on Saturday afternoon.

21st King's Lynn Mayor's Appeal Motorbike Run,'Councillor Colin Manning, Councillor David Whitby and Steve Cox ANL-150811-221635009

21st King's Lynn Mayor's Appeal Motorbike Run,'Councillor Colin Manning, Councillor David Whitby and Steve Cox ANL-150811-221635009

Although bad weather meant the number riding was down on previous years, the event still yielded 95 kilograms of food donations, which will be given to the King’s Lynn Food Bank.

And the run’s organiser, Richard Pike, said offers of support were still coming in.

He said: “We have had people on Facebook saying they’re sorry they couldn’t make it but they still want to donate.”

Ben Whitmore, from the King’s Lynn Foodbank, added: “We want to express our gratitude to the riders for taking part and for supporting Foodbank again this year.

“The donations will help to feed local families in crisis leading up to Christmas.”

Borough mayor Colin Manning met the riders before they set off on their 32 mile route around the borough.

But it was his deputy, David Whitby, who took the pillion passenger seat behind rider Steve Cox.

The run headed through Lynn, Castle Rising, Dersingham and Snettisham before heading east towards Leziate.

The convoy then turned back onto the A47 towards the finish point, which was at the Adrian Flux Arena for the first time.

And, while the riders made their way around the route, mayoress Julie Manning and deputy mayoress Linda Whitby were treated to a ride around the King’s Lynn Stars’ home track in a drifting car.

The run traditionally finishes at Lynn’s town hall, where work on a multi-million pound heritage redevelopment project is currently underway.

It is hoped that the event will once again finish at the arena next year.

Mr Pike has thanked all the riders and marshals who supported the run, and Lynn Stars promoter Buster Chapman for use of the arena’s function room.

He has also thanked C&A Superbikes for hosting the departure and the volunteers who stepped in to provide refreshments shortly before the run was due to start.