On yer bikes for cycle ride at Sandringham

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CYCLISTS of all ages and abilities are invited to saddle-up for this year’s Cycle Together Sandringham fundraiser. 

About 500 cyclists usually take part in the event, now in its fifth year and held around West Norfolk rural roads.

The organisers hope to make this year’s event on June 18 bigger and better with new routes and distances.

The fully signed routes will start and finish in the grounds of Park House Hotel at Sandringham.

There will be refreshments at Park House, commemorative medals for the finishers and feed stations at Holkham for the longer routes and Great Bircham and Shernborne for the shorter distances.

There will also be mechanical and medical back-up en route.

Some new distances have been added to encourage more cyclists to take part. The 10 and 50 mile routes have been retained, but the 20 mile route has been extended to 25 miles.

There will also be a new 75-mile route, giving the option of a longer ride to those who find the step up from 50 to 100 miles too daunting. However, cyclists can still ride 100 miles by completing two laps of the 25-mile loop.

The event raises money for  Park House Hotel and manager Tess Gilder said: “Cycle Together Sandringham raises vital funds for Park House, which gives disabled people and their carers the chance of a much-needed holiday.

“While 100 per cent of the entry fees goes direct to the charity, we also urge participants to raise as much as they can through sponsorship so we can do even more for our disabled guests when they visit.”

Over the past four years, more than £60,000 has been raised. Money from this year’s event will go towards creating a new outdoor activity area suitable for wheelchair users.

Phil Davies, cycling enthusiast and Park House fundraiser said: “With summer on its way, many of us look for the best opportunities to make the most of the great outdoors.

“What could be better than to make a date with us and join in on Sunday, June 18?”

For details and to enter, visit www.leonardcheshire.org/cycletogether, text CYCLE to 80878 or email pasdavies@btinternet.com