Photo Gallery: Cyclists follow Tour of Britain route for charity

Hundreds of cyclists have followed the route of a Tour of Britain stage across Norfolk and Suffolk for charity.

A host of keen cyclists started pedalling from Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, at 7am on Sunday morning with many arriving at the picturesque Sandringham Estate just after 1.30pm.

Others completed the gruelling 200km East Anglia Tour Ride at a more leisurely pace and arrived at the west Norfolk finish line at various times throughout the afternoon.

The amateur cyclists followed this year's penultimate leg of the internationally-renowned cycle race to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Charity.

There was also a shorter 100km challenge route which saw cyclists start from Fair Green at Diss from 9am and also end at Sandringham.

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The first three men to cross the finish line were Cambridge resident John West, Andy Furrell, from Lincoln and Norwich resident Trelawney Burgoyne.

Mr Burgoyne said: 'It was quite grey when we set off but it cleared up quickly which made it really enjoyable because the views and scenery were amazing.

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'There were a lot of people out along the route - particularly in the villages - which was fantastic and really helped us push on.

'For me, the worst bit was the last five miles because I thought we were there only to see a sign telling me otherwise.'

Overall, more than 700 people took part in the event, which ran through Shelfhanger, Bunwell, Wymondham, Barnham Broom, East Tuddenham, Western Longville, Alderford, Booton, Reepham, Bawdeswell, Mileham, Rougham, Gayton, and Congham as part of the Norfolk leg.

More than 4,000 amateur riders took part in three events last year across Britain to raise awareness of prostate cancer and more than �520,000 for the charity.

The East Anglian ride will be one of five charity events this year ahead of the tour.

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