Hundreds of cyclists mark the end of an era with final St Edmunds Wheel Trust bike ride

Bury St Edmunds Wheel Trust Bike Ride set off from the Abbey Gardens. Simon Free with Daughter Megan (13) ANL-150614-163527009
Bury St Edmunds Wheel Trust Bike Ride set off from the Abbey Gardens. Simon Free with Daughter Megan (13) ANL-150614-163527009
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It was the end of an era as hundreds of cyclists crossed the finish and did their bit for a good cause in the final St Edmunds Wheel Trust bike ride.

About 550 riders saw out the 18-year-old event on a triumphant high as they rolled out of the Abbey Gardens on Sunday to take on a selection of 15 to 124 mile routes.

Bury St Edmunds Wheel Trust Bike Ride set off from the Abbey Gardens. Cyclists setting off. ANL-150614-163744009

Bury St Edmunds Wheel Trust Bike Ride set off from the Abbey Gardens. Cyclists setting off. ANL-150614-163744009

Its founders Ian Turner, Steve Laycock and Brian Hurrell have called time on the event which has raised £232,000 for numerous good causes.

They hope their swansong will have pushed their final total to £250,000.

Mr Hurrell said: “All good things have to come to an end but I think we have done a good job and with the support and money raised in the last 18 years have helped many local charities.”

The youngest participant in Sunday’s event was aged seven and nearly 100 people took on the 100 mile and 124 mile rides.

Bury St Edmunds Wheel Trust Bike Ride set off from the Abbey Gardens. Cyclists setting off. ANL-150614-163655009

Bury St Edmunds Wheel Trust Bike Ride set off from the Abbey Gardens. Cyclists setting off. ANL-150614-163655009

The first to finish the 124 mile route to Aldeburgh came in at a time of six hours 13 minutes. All riders were safely back by 5pm. The event also featured a duck race and jazz group.

A presentation of funds raised will be held in November. St Nicholas Hospice Care is set to benefit and other charities can apply for funding. Contact Mr Hurrell on 01284 761837.