East Winch homecoming for cyclists

Chris Donaldson presents the picture to Damien Cross. ANL-141119-161942001
Chris Donaldson presents the picture to Damien Cross. ANL-141119-161942001
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Cyclists who pedalled 400 miles in four days have handed over a cheque for nearly £8,000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

The 13 riders who set off from Lynn on August 13 battled a heavy storm, punctures, breakdowns and collisions on their marathon journey circling the area covered by the air ambulance.

And now Adrian Flux Lap of Anglia organiser Damien Cross and Gerry Bucke, general manager at Flux, have presented the charity’s fundraising manager, Chris Donaldson, with a cheque for £7,800.

Mr Donaldson, who presented a framed image of the air ambulance and crew in return, said: “This is fantastic support from the second year of the Lap of Anglia.

“We are so grateful to all the riders who worked so hard to complete this challenge, and equally grateful to Adrian Flux and the other sponsors who helped to make the event possible. These funds are already at work helping those in need throughout the region.”

Mr Cross added: “It has been another incredible year for the Lap of Anglia. This year’s total means the air ambulance can fly at least three more missions and save lives thanks to the incredible efforts of some amateur cyclists and their generous sponsors.

“Visibility was down to a few yards at the end of day two, and we had the usual puncture headaches along the way, but it’s all part of the challenge.

“We can’t wait to see what next year’s Lap holds in store!”

Mr Bucke said: “We’re delighted to continue our sponsorship of the event, and support the vital work carried out by the air ambulance. The riders did a magnificent job.”

He said the Lap of Anglia could only take place with the support of businesses including Flux, Robinsons Volkswagen, Halfords King’s Lynn, Fruit Bowl, Iceni Waters, and Holiday Inn.

The 400-mile marathon will take place again in 2015. To keep track of developments, see www.lapofanglia.co.uk