Of­fi­cers pedal good­will

Pilbara News - - News - Ni­cola Kalmar

Bod­ies were bat­tered but spir­its were high as a pelo­ton of po­lice of­fi­cers ped­dled into Broome last week to com­plete a char­ity bike ride.

Thirty-eight rid­ers and their sup­port crew took part in this year’s 850km Kar­ratha to Broome Bike Marathon for WA Po­lice Legacy.

Now in its 23rd year, the gru­elling event is Po­lice Legacy’s big­gest fundraiser in the State.

Sup­port­ers gath­ered at the Broome Surf Life­sav­ing Club last Thurs­day to cheer rid­ers at the fin­ish line.

Kar­ratha event or­gan­iser Se­nior Con­sta­ble Kelsie Green said this year’s ride had been a suc­cess.

“We had a good year with the wind,” she said.

“We had a lit­tle bit of wind com­ing into Broome that slowed us down … but we’ve done re­ally well.”

Ms Green said she was once again over­whelmed by the tremen­dous sup­port from or­gan­is­ers, vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives, as well as par­tic­i­pants who put in the hard yards for a wor­thy cause.

“That’s what this ride is all about — sup­port that we can give to our fallen broth­ers and sis­ters’ fam­i­lies and chil­dren they’ve left be­hind.”

WA Po­lice Legacy man­ager Jill Wil­loughby said she was blown away by the ef­forts of peo­ple in­volved in the bike marathon.

Picture: Ni­cola Kalmar

The 2016 par­tic­i­pants of the Kar­ratha to Broome Bike Marathon.

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