An annual charity bike ride scored big for Lynn Samaritans when it was held with a World Cup inspired theme at the weekend.
Many of the 98 riders embraced the Brazilian theme by dressing up in colourful t-shirts and flags, football costumes and even fancy dress interpretations of the country’s Amazon rainforest, as they arrived at Sandringham’s visitor centre on Sunday.
Crowds cheered and the sun shone as the ride was set off by North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, accompanied by wife Emma and son Jamie, who was one of the riders.
There was the usual 14-mile route taking in Fring and Sedgeford, and for the first time a new shorter eight-mile route to encourage more families with younger ones to take part.
Chris Livesey, treasurer of the Friends of Lynn Samaritans, which organised the event, said everyone had a great time and it was a “huge success”.
The fancy dress group winner for the second year was Dersingham Post Office, dressed as the Amazon rainforest, followed by The Parrotts (Learning Resources) and The Amazon Boxes (Bike Users Group).
The best couple was The Lemon Team, Andrew Larham and Mark Gregory, and the best female prize was shared between Claudia Gyton for her rainforest costume and Paulette Judd who was dressed as a boa constrictor.
Mr Livesey added: “We’d like to thank everyone who took part and joined in the spirit of the occasion. We receive no grants so every penny raised helps us to run the service.
“Special thanks to Raynet, the emergency service, and St John Ambulance for being on hand.”