Cyclists taking part in a lap of East Anglia

Lap of Anglia cyclists pass the windmill at Burnham Overy Staithe. Picture: Ian Burt Lap of Anglia cyclists pass the windmill at Burnham Overy Staithe. Picture: Ian Burt

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
5:07 PM

A group of cyclists are riding a lap of Anglia to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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Starting and finishing at the helipad at Queen’s Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, the group of 14 cyclists will have a 400 mile trip, covering 100 miles a day.

Yesterday, the group cycled from King’s Lynn to Norwich and today will go through Wroxham, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Leiston and Melford before finishing off in Ipswich.

Tomorrow they will cycle to Luton before arriving back in King’s Lynn on Saturday.

Last year’s ride raised over £10,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and the aim this year is to raise even more.

Paul Tibbs, a freelance photographer who is taking part in the ride said: “We started out last year and raised a lot of money but the aim now is to make it even bigger, and raise more and more money each year.

“We are doing it to highlight the enormous area of coverage that the Air Ambulance covers from Norfolk all the way Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Suffolk.”

The money will go towards sponsoring the East Anglian Air Ambulance’s rescue missions.

The age of the cyclists range from late 20s to mid 50s and they have all been training hard in preparation.

Mr Tibbs said: “Training hasn’t been too bad for me personally I am a very keen cyclist who trains every week.

“There are 14 of us and there is a mixed range of abilities and experience.

“To cycle 100 miles a day is tough going especially the last 100 miles but it’s all for a good cause.

“I will make sure I take some time to relax when it’s said and done though.”

The ride is sponsored by Adrian Flux, Holiday Inn, Iceni Water, Robinsons Motor Group and Fruit Bowl.

People can text LAPA60 £4 to 70070 to donate £4 to the Air Ambulance.

More information on the Lap of Anglia and advice on how to take part next year is available at www.lapofanglia.co.uk

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