Organisers confident hundreds will Cycle Together again at Sandringham

Riders leave Park House on the 'Cycle Together' event. ENGANL00120130623110409
Riders leave Park House on the 'Cycle Together' event. ENGANL00120130623110409
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Organisers of a major charity cycling event which is taking place next weekend say they are on course to at least match last year’s entry total.

But, if you haven’t already signed up, it’s still not too late to enter Cycle Together Sandringham which will start and finish in the grounds of the Park House Hotel next Sunday, June 14.

More than 500 riders, from across East Anglia, took part in the 2014 event. ranging in age from four to 82.

And Park House fundraiser Phil Davies, who is one of the event organisers, is hopeful that a final push over the next few days could still overhaul last year’s entry.

He said: “This is a great event for cyclists of all ages and abilities, with options ranging from 10 miles up to 100 miles.

“It’s perfect for families with children and for those who want to challenge themselves to ride a longer distance for the first time.”

Funds raised from last year’s event were used to develop wheelchair-friendly paths in the grounds of the hotel, which offers respite holidays for disabled visitors and their carers.

The paths are currently being built.

And Mr Davies said: “This year we hope to raise enough to provide a specialist jacuzzi bath and other little luxuries that we would take for granted on our annual holidays.”

One supporter who is keen for more riders to sign up is Annie Kilsby, whose parents, Jean and Richard Petchey, visited Park House for the first time last month.

And she has praised the quality of the care provided at the site.

She said: “From the moment I dropped them off I knew that they would be fine and left them feeling they were safe and well looked after.

“I know that they very much want to return for longer next time and can look forward to it knowing what to expect.

“I have told so many people about the hotel andeveryone thinks it sounds amazing.”

Advance entry fees range from £10 to £25, depending on the length of the route chosen. Entries submitted on the day will cost £5 more.

For more information, or to sign up, visit www.leonardcheshire.org/cycletogether, or text the word ‘CYCLE’ to 80878.