The wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of a charity cycle ride with nearly 200 women raising vital funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
One hundred and eighty five women took on routes of five, 20 or 50 miles from Nowton Park in the second annual Women on Wheels (WoW) Bury St Edmunds ride, which last year brought in more than £3,000 for the hospice.
Alison Blackwell, development director at event organiser Abbeycroft Leisure, highlighted the growth of the ride since last year and its long term impact in encouraging more women and girls to keep active.
She said: “Last year was our first Women on Wheels event and this year we have double the entries. It is also great to see the numbers taking part in the 50 miles ride, new for this year. It is our legacy from The Women’s Tour.
“What has come from this is not only a great event today but women who have signed up to WoW now go out informally on rides together sometimes two to three times a week as part of a group which was started by WoW participants.”
It was organised by Abbeycroft Leisure in partnership with Cycle Suffolk, Mildenhall Cycling Club, the West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club, Suffolk Sport and St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Participant Amelia Richardson said: “I rode with Martha my 11-year-old daughter which at 20 miles, is her longest ride to date.
“Fantastic atmosphere and a great route, well signposted and organised. Despite what turned into a very wet ride, it didn’t dampen our spirits.
“Stopped for a much anticipated brownie and braved the rain for the return ride. We both really enjoyed it and an achievement for Martha.”
Organisers thanked Revel Outdoors for sponsoring the event as well as Thurston WI and the community of Bardwell who put on refreshments for the ladies on route.
They also gave a special mention to personal trainer Craig Turner who provided the warm up for the ride and pre-ride massage, Jordan Hughes from St Nicholas Hospice Care, Moreton Hall WI who provided tea and cakes at Nowton Park and the volunteer marshalls including members of USAF Lakenheath air base.