The 2019 lappers gathered at QEH helipad and on the road. Pictures: Ian Burt

They’re off – charity cyclists set off on Wednesday on their marathon four-day challenge to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Around 50 cyclists are taking part in this year’s Lap of Anglia  covering a total of 435-miles.

They set off from the helipad at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and expect to arrive back into Lynn tomorrow (Saturday).

The first day’s stage was from Lynn to Norwich. Yesterday they travelled to Ipswich and today (Friday) the route will take the lappers to Luton.

Tomorrow’s final leg will follow a route which has a home stretch through the Fens to finish back at Lynn in the early evening.

As well as raising money the event highlights the large area covered by the life-saving air ambulance.

An average mission to rescue someone costs the voluntary service £3,500 and the cyclists have so far raised more than £100,000 since the event was launched in 2013.

To sponsor the cyclists, visit the website at: