Cyclists take to Norfolk’s roads for the British Heart Foundation

More than 2,000 cyclists will take to Norfolk's roads this weekend to raise funds for charity.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) will host its annual Norwich 50/100 bike ride this Sunday.

Setting off from Norwich Cathedral, cyclists will head north to Reepham. Those completing the 50-mile route will then loop back past Blickling Hall while the 100-milers will head up to the coast to Sheringham before skirting the Broads and returning to the finish at the cathedral.

This year's event will help mark BHF's 50th anniversary.

Tayce Blest, regional event organiser for the BHF, said: 'We have more than 2,000 cyclists already signed up to take part – it should be a fantastic event.

'Keen cyclists can still come and take part by turning up on the day. Norwich and Norfolk locals have been continually supportive of this event and we would like to thank everyone who took part in 2010. We hope everyone taking part this year has a thoroughly enjoyable ride and we thank them for helping us celebrate our 50th anniversary.'

As part of BHF's 50th birthday celebrations, the charity is asking riders to raise a minimum of �50 for the charity, �1 for every year the organisation has been fighting heart disease. Last year's event saw a record-breaking 2,850 people take part, raising �75,000.

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Tina Day, who lives in Coriander Road, Downham Market, had an aortic valve and aortic root replacement in 2009, aged 48. She was diagnosed after her mother died from the same condition.

'My mother's death saved my life, thanks to the research that had been done to identify this genetic disorder. I'm grateful to everyone who takes part in events for the BHF as these inevitably help heart patients like me,' she said.

Every six minutes, someone dies from a heart attack and most people know someone who has been affected by heart disease.

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