Healthy turn-out for hos­pi­tals ride

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Weekend Fun -

More than 500 peo­ple set off on Sun­day morn­ing for a 100mile bike ride to raise money for the East Kent Hos­pi­tals char­ity.

The fastest biker was Alex Milne, from Ash­ford, who com­pleted the cir­cuit which started and fin­ished in North Park, in five hours and five min­utes.

There were op­tions for peo­ple to stop at 35 miles or 60.

Some 150 peo­ple turned up on the day, with­out pre­book­ing.

Last year more than 40,000 peo­ple took part in sim­i­lar events across the coun­try with £1m raised for char­ity.

De­spite it be­ing over­cast, the weather was warm, mak­ing it per­fect for a long ride.

Fre­quent re­fresh­ment sta­tions were placed through­out the route with medics, me­chan­ics and sup­port ve­hi­cles on hand.

Ru­pert Wil­liamson, the fundrais­ing man­ager, said: “Ev­ery­one got around safe and sound, it has been a nice sunny day.”

The money raised will be given to the hos­pi­tals, with some peo­ple spec­i­fy­ing which de­part­ment or ward they would like their cash to go to.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4399357

An­drew Nor­ris waves as he sets off

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4399367

Rid­ers ready to set off from Ash­ford North Park for the East Kent Hos­pi­tals char­ity bike ride

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4399270

Robert Wil­liamson from the char­ity checks that rid­ers know which route they are on

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