Bury St Edmunds women cyclists break record

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Women on Wheels Bury St Edmunds has tripled the amount raised last year for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The event - held at Nowton Park on July 5 - saw more than 180 women cycle five, 20 or 50 miles through countryside paths around the town in aid of the charity, which was presented with a cheque for the £9,051 total on Tuesday.

Jordan Hughes, hospice community fund-raiser, said: “Quite frankly I am baffled - £9,051 is such an unbelievable amount of money to raise from an event in its second year.

“We can make living with dying better for so many people in West Suffolk and Thetford, but we need support - this sort of support.”

The ride was organised by Abbeycroft Leisure in partnership with Cycle Suffolk, Mildenhall Cycling Club, the West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club, Suffolk Sport and the hospice.

Alison Blackwell, of Abbeycroft, said: “Not only did we double the number of people taking part this year but a wonderful new group has been formed by WoW participants which enables women to go out riding two to three times a week together informally.”