Record turnout raises £15,000 for char­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Or­gan­is­ers were bowled over by the big­gest ever turnout for the KM Big Bike Ride on Sun­day, which raised a bumper £15,000 for char­ity.

Five hun­dred rid­ers reg­is­tered for the an­nual event, in­clud­ing Jack Har­land and the team from Be­nen­den Hospi­tal Trust who cy­cled for Kent Air Am­bu­lance. Al­to­gether, 60 good causes will ben­e­fit from the event.

Me­lanie Rogers, of Vat­ten­fall Wind and Power Ltd, waved the che­quered flag to for­mally start the event be­fore sad­dling up with a team of col­leagues.

Rid­ers took part in one of two routes just for fun or to sup­port their favourite char­ity through spon­sor­ship. The event pro­vided elec­tronic chip tim­ing, mid-ride re­fresh­ment and pho­to­graphs. Cy­clists also re­ceived medals and goody bags at the fin­ish line. Si­mon Dolby, of the KM Char­ity Team which or­gan­ised the event, said: “We’ve had a record turnout with 500 rid­ers reg­is­tered to take part in ei­ther the 50K or 100K route.

“We’ve never had that num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in­volved be­fore. It’s been a fan­tas­tic day.”

Mr Dolby praised Bette­shanger Coun­try Park for host­ing the event, Vat­ten­fall for its fifth year of sup­port, and Locks of Sand­wich Cy­cles for route plan­ning, sig­nage and bike main­te­nance ser­vice on the day. The event was also backed by Be­nen­den Hospi­tal Trust and Bike Tart.

Jack Har­land and the Be­nen­den Hospi­tal Trust team rode for Kent Air Am­bu­lance

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