CRAZY RAC­ING AND BIG MONEY RAISED FOR A BRIL­LIANT CAUSE

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RAF Wit­ter­ing Mope­dathon: ‘Sheer men­tal fun’

Will Brass­ing­ton was one of over 200 rid­ers in 48 teams tak­ing part in the 2015 six-hour en­durance Mope­dathon. Through en­try fees and do­na­tions the event raised £2500 for char­i­ties in­clud­ing the East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance.

“I’m bat­tling Wilma Flint­stone,” re­calls Will, 26. “She’s rid­ing a ptero­dactyl. I dive to over­take but I’m blocked by a Ninja Turtle. I get clear but sud­denly Santa has a spill in front of me…” He breaks off, laugh­ing.

This is no dream but the six-hour Mope­dathon, a team en­durance chal­lenge held at RAF Wit­ter­ing, in Lin­colnshire. Run­ning since 2002, the event in­cor­po­rates a mad Le Mansstyle start and a track mix­ing tar­mac and off-road cor­ners, pro­vid­ing plenty of op­por­tu­nity for the tag-team rid­ers to demon­strate heroic skills amid the colour­ful chaos.

Will and five friends, fam­ily and col­leagues made their Wit­ter­ing de­but in 2015. Em­brac­ing the light-hearted at­mos­phere, ‘Team Pro-laps’ donned jock­eys’ gear over leathers and decked their 50cc Yamaha Aerox in fur, tail, reins and a papier-mâché horse­head.

“She lasted the whole race,” mar­vels Will. “Six hours, three crashes but Roxy sur­vived – and we won the prize for best fancy dress! The Mope­dathon’s an amaz­ing com­bi­na­tion of bikes and char­ity, good-na­tured rac­ing and sheer men­tal fun – for a great cause! You camp overnight and stay for the post-event party, and ev­ery­one’s so friendly and help­ful, shar­ing tools and tips. Win­ning would have been nice but tak­ing part is ut­terly bril­liant.

“We’re al­ready plan­ning our cos­tumes for next year!”

Will’s ad­vice on get­ting in­volved

“It can be daunt­ing to re­search these events and see peo­ple who com­pete reg­u­larly. But when it’s for char­ity the at­mos­phere is so wel­com­ing. Go over your bike prop­erly – it’s got to last – then throw your­self into ev­ery­thing, es­pe­cially the fancy dress. Not only do you get into the spirit, the Mope­dathon awards lap bonuses for the best­dressed!”

This year’s event…

The Mope­dathon will splut­ter to life again on the week­end of April 30, 2016. For more in­for­ma­tion email mope­dathon@gmail.com.

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