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Delight as hundreds Cycle Together from Sandringham

Cycle together event from Park House Sandringham
Rob Archer ANL-140714-082606009

Cycle together event from Park House Sandringham Rob Archer ANL-140714-082606009

Hundreds of people dodged the downpours to take part in a charity cycle ride from the Sandringham estate at the weekend.

Around 500 riders took part in the second Cycle Together event, which started and finished in the grounds of the Park House Hotel on Sunday morning. While the entry was similar to the inaugural event last year, organisers fear the poor weather forecast may have put some people off taking part.

Despite that, however, they were delighted with the turnout, which they hope will raise around £20,000.

Park House fundraiser Phil Davies, who himself completed the longest 100 mile route, thanks everyone who helped to stage the event and who took part.

He said: “It was brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

“The feedback we had back was that it was even better than last year. The extra 10 miles on the long route proved very popular.”

The route also included four of Norfolk’s steepest climbs, which Mr Davies said made it more difficult for experienced club riders.

As well as the 100 mile challenge, many family groups tackled the shorter routes of 10, 20 and 50 miles to support the hotel’s work to provide respite care breaks for disabled people and their carers.

Among the riders was four-year-old Rex Elworthy, who rode alongside his father Roland, from Shernborne, having already raised more than £500 in sponsorship alone.

Attention now turns to preparations for the 2015 event, which officials hope will revert back to the June date of last year’s initial ride.

Mr Davies said they were keen the event did not clash with other major occasions.

He added that talks would take place with both the Sandringham estate and British Cycling.

 

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