Last call for participants for final St Edmunds Wheel Trust Bike Ride

Mark Westley Photography'St Edmunds Wheel Trust bike ride from The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.'Start of the 50 mile cycle. ANL-140906-093217009
Mark Westley Photography'St Edmunds Wheel Trust bike ride from The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.'Start of the 50 mile cycle. ANL-140906-093217009

Organisers of the final St Edmunds Wheel Trust Bike Ride are appealing for more participants to see the event out on a high this weekend.

Already more than 300 people have signed up for one of the rides including a special 124 mile route to Aldeburgh, which all leave from the Abbey Gardens on Sunday.

Its founders Ian Turner, Steve Laycock and Brian Hurrell are calling time on the ride, which has raised £232,000 for scores of good causes in its 18 year history.

Mr Turner said they would like to attract about 700 cyclists to push their inal total to £250,000.

On the end of an era, he said: “We’re sad - I’m quite surprised how many people have come upto me and asked ‘is this your last one?’.

“We want to go out on a high. Hopefully the sun will shine and lots of people will turn up.”

The event, which officially launches at 9am with an 8am start for the larger routes, also features a duck race, jazz group as well as food and refreshments.

Participants who haven’t yet signed up can register on the day from 7.30am.

St Nicholas Hospice Care will benefit from money raised and other charities can apply for funding.

Contact Mr Hurrell on 01284 761837.