Sun shines on 600 for charity cycle

St Edmund's Wheel charity bike ride
St Edmund's Wheel charity bike ride
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MORE than 600 cyclists have shown they can go the distance as part of a fund-raising bike ride.

Participants in St Edmund’s Wheel charity ride cycled up to 100 miles on Sunday morning in the event’s 15th year.

St Edmund's Wheel charity bike ride

St Edmund's Wheel charity bike ride

Glorious sunshine saw the riders on their way as they set off from Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens.

The various routes – which included 15, 25, 50 and 100-mile courses – saw cyclists going as far as Great Waldingfield and Sproughton near Ipswich.

Brian Hurrell, organiser, said the charity was pleased with the turnout and hoped to beat the £20,000 the event raised last year.

“I’d like to think with what we have got going on this year that we can try and match that,” he said.

St Edmund's Wheel charity bike ride

St Edmund's Wheel charity bike ride

Numbers on the day were boosted by the good weather, with many making the snap decision to take part that morning.

Glenn Davey, 38, from Needham Market, said it was his first time taking part.

“It seems like a very good cause and it’s such nice weather. I’d be out riding now anyway so it makes sense to be doing this instead,” he said.

Joe Austin, 60, from Colchester, was taking part in the 50-mile ride.

St Edmund's Wheel charity bike ride

St Edmund's Wheel charity bike ride

He said: “This is a great place to cycle and a very friendly ride to take part in.”

Justin Sanderson, 38, from Bury, said: “I just decided to take part this morning – the weather helped.”

A duck race on the River Lark in the Abbey Gardens was held during the afternoon, raising yet more money.

Paul Ridgard walked away with £200 after his duck took first place.

St Edmund's Wheel charity bike ride

St Edmund's Wheel charity bike ride