Hundreds enjoy fifth annual Ipswich Cycle Swarm through Suffolk

The finish line in Christchurch Park of the Ipswich Cycle Swarm. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

The finish line in Christchurch Park of the Ipswich Cycle Swarm. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA - Credit: Archant

Around 500 cyclists of all ages and abilities gathered for the fifth annual Ipswich Cycle Swarm today, as cyclists took in the scenic Suffolk routes.

Cyclists set off on the fifth Ipswich Cycle Swarm in Christchurch Park. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Cyclists set off on the fifth Ipswich Cycle Swarm in Christchurch Park. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA - Credit: Archant

Cycle Swarm has routes of 25, 50 or 100 miles open to cyclists of all ages and experiences – including many beginners and novices – starting and finishing at Christchurch Park taking in some of the scenic routes through Woodbridge and Framlingham.

The Ipswich Cycle Swarm featured cyclists of all ages. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

The Ipswich Cycle Swarm featured cyclists of all ages. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA - Credit: Archant

Event organisers said people from seven to 75 took part in the jaunt, with many raising cash for good causes.

Cyclists in the Ipswich Cycle Swarm. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Cyclists in the Ipswich Cycle Swarm. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA - Credit: Archant

Event director Matt Parkhouse said: “It’s been going really well and lots of people have been enjoying themselves.

The Tinker family preparing for the 100mile route. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

The Tinker family preparing for the 100mile route. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA - Credit: Archant

“It’s about getting a lot of like-minded people together – novices, families, experienced cyclists, club rides – it gets people enjoying themselves.

Cyclists in the Ipswich Cycle Swarm. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Cyclists in the Ipswich Cycle Swarm. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA - Credit: Archant

“We get a lot of people raising money for charity and we are raising money for Cancer Research – it’s a fantastic day.”

Cyclists enjoyed the Ipswich Cyle Swarm. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Cyclists enjoyed the Ipswich Cyle Swarm. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA - Credit: Archant

Around 500 cyclists took part in the Ipswich Cycle Swarm. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Around 500 cyclists took part in the Ipswich Cycle Swarm. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA - Credit: Archant

The Ipswich Cycle Swarm was in its fifth year. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

The Ipswich Cycle Swarm was in its fifth year. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA - Credit: Archant