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More than 200 bikers hit Hunstanton for memorial ride

PUBLISHED: 20:08 10 May 2015 | UPDATED: 20:08 10 May 2015

A memorial ride in memory of Ashley Martin, in aid of Magpas Helimedix, arrives in Hunstanton. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A memorial ride in memory of Ashley Martin, in aid of Magpas Helimedix, arrives in Hunstanton. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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The throaty roar of more than 200 motorbikes could be heard on the Norfolk coast this weekend as bikers flocked to Hunstanton for a memorial ride.

The Ashley Martin Memorial Ride has been held each year since Mr Martin died in a motorcycle crash in 2009.

Each year riders leave Waterbeach, near Cambridge, and make the 55 mile trip up to the west Norfolk coast.

The event is organised by Sean Badcock, a friend of Mr Martin and raises funds for Magpas Helimedix.

He said: “It has been excellent, we have had a record turnout of people today.

“Our bike count was 237 on the Green at Hunstanton.

“The weather has brought everyone out and it has gone really well.

“People take part for different reasons. Some people knew Ash, others want to do something for a charity which doesn’t get any funding from the government.

“Most have had Magpas touch their lives in some way, either through friends or family.

“It doesn’t take much to get bikers out and it has become a bit of a fixture in the calendar now. This was the seventh time we have done it.

“Last year we raised more than £1,700 so if we can beat that it would be fantastic.”

Magpas Helimedix operates a helicopter and rapid response car which attend the most serious incidents and accidents across the east of England.

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