1,000 rid­ers sad­dle up for Tour de Kent

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Weekend Fun - By James Scott

js­cott@thek­m­group.co.uk Around 1,000 cy­clists took part in the Great Kent char­ity bike ride at the week­end.

Rid­ers turned out in their droves for Sun­day’s event, held in aid of East Kent Hos­pi­tals Univer­sity Foun­da­tion Trust char­ity.

The trust is rais­ing funds for a new breast screen­ing ma­chine, to al­low early signs of breast can­cer to be de­tected, and a neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit cot to help save the lives of pre­ma­ture ba­bies.

Cy­clists set off from the North Park at Tan­nery Lane, Ash­ford, be­fore fol­low­ing 35 or 60-mile routes across Rom­ney Marsh.

The longer route took rid­ers all the way to Rye and through the Isle of Oxney and Ten­ter­den be­fore re­turn­ing to Ash­ford.

Event man­ager Yolanda Bor­neo said: “It all went very well, with cy­clists seem­ing jolly and re­laxed in the Kent coun­try­side and sun­shine.

“The cy­clists liked the route and the mar­shals were friendly and help­ful.”

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