VIDEO: Record numbers Cycle Together at Sandringham

A record number of riders have taken to the roads to help raise thousands of pounds towards the respite care offered by a West Norfolk hotel.

More than 500 people set out for the fourth annual Cycle Together Sandringham, which started and finished in the grounds of the Park House Hotel on Sunday.

And officials believe they will reach their fundraising targets once all the sponsorship money is accounted for.

Event organiser Phil Davies said: “This was without doubt the best Cycle Together so far. There was a great atmosphere on the road, at the feed stations and afterwards.”

A total of 516 riders took part in this year’s event, more than ever before and around 90 up on the 2015 figure.

As in previous years, participants had a choice of four routes covering either 10, 20, 50 or 100 miles.

Around half the riders chose one of the two shorter routes, with around 200 completing the 50 mile course and around 50 taking on the full 100 miles.

On returning to the hotel, riders were given a special medal to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

And, for the first time, the day also included a summer fete featuring treasure hunts and cycling taster sessions for children, held under the GoRide banner, plus music from the Hilgay Silver Band.

Mr Davies said: “It was a wonderful sight to see streams of cyclists out on the roads, many in groups chatting to each other and enjoying the chance to find routes that were completely new to them.

“People stayed after the finish to enjoy the food and drink on offer, and cheered in other cyclists as they finished.”

Ahead of the event, organisers had been hoping to raise around £25,000 to enable them to purchase a new vehicle which can carry two wheelchairs for the hotel, which provides respite breaks for disabled people and their carers.

Although the final total raised is not yet known, Mr Davies said they were hopeful that enough money would be raised to buy the vehicle.

Donations can still be made online by visiting www.leonardcheshire.org/cycletogether.