Sandringham bike ride will boost Samaritans

Annaul Samaritans Charity Bike Ride. Starting from the Sandringham Visitor Centre ANL-140518-162521009

Annaul Samaritans Charity Bike Ride. Starting from the Sandringham Visitor Centre ANL-140518-162521009

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Calling all witches, wizards ... or even some Harry Potter lookalikes.

This year’s King’s Lynn Samaritans Bike Ride has been arranged for Sunday, May 17, and it’s time to blow those cobwebs off your bike and to start some light training.

Chris Livesey, treasurer of the Friends of King’s Lynn Samaritans, said: “This year’s theme for those that will dress themselves or their bike is Witches and Wizards.

“Those of you that have taken part previously know that the standard of fancy dress is very high and it helps if you can think outside of the box.

“We originally intended that our theme would be Harry Potter but we thought that JK Rowling may object so we came up with a similar but broader theme, so please do your thing and use that imagination switched to “Maximum” output.

“Amuse yourselves and us – and remember there are trophies to be won.”

This year’s Bike Ride will, as usual, depart from the Visitor Centre at Sandringham at 10am with rider registration start at 9.30am; prayers for good weather on the day have already started.

Mr Livesey adds: “In this year’s programme we will retain the two routes, the regular one of 14 miles and the shorter one, introduced last year, of just eight miles so you can decide which you would prefer to do depending upon your fitness.

“This also makes a family entry much easier so why not get the whole family involved?

“It’s a fun way to spend a couple of hours and, of course, will raise funds to keep your King’s Lynn Samaritans branch in business. Every penny counts.

“Entry is free and there are free refreshments for all riders halfway round the course so all you need to bring is your bike. And everyone who rides gets a medal.

“As always the whole route will be marshalled, St John’s Ambulance will be on hand if needed and we have a radio controlled team, Raynet, that will follow the course just in case anyone’s pedals fall off.

“Finally, King’s Lynn Samaritans are on MyDonate so that riders with a grasp of technology can create their own fundraising page and get friends, family, work or school colleagues to sponsor them online. Just go to http://mydonate.bt.com/events/klbikeride2015/207368”