Cyclists get in the saddle for charity

AROUND 800 cyclists will get on their bikes to enjoy some of Suffolk's most beautiful countryside this weekend in one of the region's biggest fundraising rides.

AROUND 800 cyclists will get on their bikes to enjoy some of Suffolk's most beautiful countryside this weekend in one of the region's biggest fundraising rides.

The Suffolk Coast Bike Ride is set to raise thousands of pounds from riders' sponsorship for leukaemia charity The Anthony Nolan Trust.

With a choice of 25-mile or 58-mile circular routes, riders head through Tunstall Forest to Snape Maltings, where they can take a short cut back to Woodbridge or carry on to the coast at Aldeburgh and Dunwich before sweeping back through quiet lanes for a warm welcome at the finish line.

One of those who will be out on two wheels on Sunday is Felixstowe town councillor David Cawdron, one of the event's biggest supporters.

He did the seven-hour ride last year and cannot wait to get started on his 58-mile trek.

Mr Cawdron said: "There should be as many riders as last year when 800 took part - I understand we are more than 500 up on this time last year and many riders wait for the day to see what the weather is like before deciding whether to take part.

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"I take part because I just want to help someone less fortunate than myself - helping others while I am fit and healthy because there may come a time when I need someone to help me.

"I also enjoy it and it is a really fun day out. The countryside is just beautiful and there is a really great atmosphere among all the cyclists."

It will be the fourth time the event has been held. The Anthony Nolan Trust uses the cash raised to fund its pioneering research into the treatment of bone marrow disorders and improving the effectiveness and safety of bone marrow transplants.

It spends £14.5 million a year on its work, which includes managing and recruiting new donors to its bone marrow register.

Entry fees for the cycle ride are £12 per adult; £5 (under 14); Team entry £11 per person. On the day entry will be £15. Registration will take place on the day between 8am and 10am.

For an entry form please contact Trudy Thomas on 01328 701171; e-mail your details to trudy.thomas@anthonynolan.org.uk; text 'bike' to 07909907206; or visit www.anthonynolan.org.uk

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