Photo gallery: Santas on bikes in Christmas charity ride

The Santas' cycle ride at Witton, riding to Woodbastwick, raising money for Women to Women Genesis R

The Santas' cycle ride at Witton, riding to Woodbastwick, raising money for Women to Women Genesis Research Trust. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

Dozens of people dressed in Santa outfits and cycled along Norfolk's country lanes for charity today.

About 50 riders set off from Louise Bracey's home in Witton, near Brundall, at about 10am en route to the nearby Fur and Feather pub in Woodbastwick, before returning the same way.

At the pub they took in a tour of the adjacent Woodforde's brewery, which was holding an open day.

Mrs Bracey organised the charity ride with friend Chris Green, from Thorpe St Andrew.

Between them, they have raised about £10,000 for the charity, the Women for Women Genesis Research Trust, which helps to fight cancer, miscarriage and premature birth.

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Mrs Bracey said: 'Last year more people took part in the ride, but a lot of people this time just walked, instead of cycling.

'We decided to do it again after last year's successful event, which was more of a circular route from my home around Hemblington.

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'This time we wanted to tie it in with Woodforde's brewery open day and the brewery tours.

'Everyone dressed in Santa outfits with hats and beards, and we tried to get into the Christmas spirit. Some children also took part.

'Some of the people on the route passed comments about what we were wearing and asked us what we were doing. 'We hope to raise at least £600; we raised £1000 last year.'

She said the event will be held again next year, although it could be in aid of a different charity.

'We have already pencilled in the first Sunday of December next year,' she said.

Are you holding a pre-Christmas charity event? Call reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email

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