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More than 300 cyclists sign up for St Edmund’s Wheel bike ride

Last year's St Edmund's Wheel bike ride

Last year's St Edmund's Wheel bike ride

More than 300 cyclists will use pedal power for local causes in an annual charity bike ride - helping organisers to get closer to their ultimate fund-raising target of £250,000.

They will take on routes of 15, 30, 50, 75 and 100 miles from the Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds, for the St Edmund’s Wheel Trust bike ride on Sunday, June 8.

There will also be live music, cream teas and a duck race at the event, which is in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, the Rock Ride 2014 Gibraltar to Buckinghamshire for Help for Heroes and other local charities.

Ian Turner, a trustee of St Edmund’s Wheel, said since the ride started 16-years-ago they have raised £219,000 and aim to reach the quarter of a million mark in the next two years.

Another goal is to have 1,000 riders taking part.

On the ride’s appeal, he said: “It caters for everybody for the professional and semi professionals with 100, 75 and 50; the families who want to do 15 miles and the inbetweeners who want to do 30 and 50 miles.

“When we started the 15 mile was the heaviest ridden route we had. Now the 50 and 75 mile route is the heaviest because everybody has progressed.”

The duck race, which will see 1,000 ducks released into the River Lark in the Abbey Gardens, is sponsored by local company Green Duck with computer equipment as prizes. Mr Turner added: “It’s all looking quite good for all the local charities we’re supporting. What we want is for the weather to be nice.”

The first ride starts at 7.45am. For more details visit www.stedmundswheel.org.uk

 

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