Riders brave the heat for Leonard Cheshire Disability’s annual Cycle Together Sandringham

The Leonard Cheshire annual Cycle Together Sandringham event for 2017. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER

The Leonard Cheshire annual Cycle Together Sandringham event for 2017. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of cyclists of all ages and abilities defied the scorching heat to pedal around the picturesque Norfolk countryside - raising £8,000 for a disability charity.

The Leonard Cheshire annual Cycle Together Sandringham event for 2017. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER

The Leonard Cheshire annual Cycle Together Sandringham event for 2017. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER - Credit: Archant

Leonard Cheshire Disability's annual Cycle Together Sandringham event attracted over 300 resilient riders to the beautiful West Norfolk and North Norfolk countryside, with routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles.

So far £8,000 - with money still coming in - has been raised for the charity's inclusive Park House hotel in Sandringham, to help create new outdoor facilities for disabled guests.

Hotel manager Tess Gilder said: 'We are so grateful to everyone who took part and to everyone who helped organise and support this event.

'Park House gives disabled people and their carers the chance of a much-needed holiday. All our cyclists and supporters have helped to make a massive difference to these disabled people.'

The Leonard Cheshire annual Cycle Together Sandringham event for 2017. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER

The Leonard Cheshire annual Cycle Together Sandringham event for 2017. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER - Credit: Archant


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Cyclist Roger Colman, 53, from Rugby in Northamptonshire, took on the 50-mile route.

He said: 'I really enjoyed the ride at the weekend.

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'Thanks for everyone involved in organising the event. It was a fantastic opportunity to take in the beautiful Norfolk countryside in the sunshine.

'The heat was a bit of a challenge but everything else was perfect for the participants.

'It is a great course for riders of all ages. The charity does some great work so [I'm] happy to help by supporting this great event.'

Young people were particularly committed to the cycle, with 55 under-18s spinning their wheels in the face of the heatwave.

This included five-year-old Evie Littlefield, who pedalled the 10-mile route with her mum and brother, while 13-year-old Tye Rugg completed the 100-mile route with his mum.

Older cyclists proved a bit of sun would not stop them either, with 80-year-old Reggie Gray completing the 10-mile route.

Every route at the event on Sunday, June 18 started and finished at Leonard Cheshire Disability's Park House hotel in Sandringham.

All cyclists received a commemorative medal and enjoyed the refreshments, including the free beer at the finish line.

Are you raising money for charity in West Norfolk? Email chris.bishop@archant.co.uk or taz,ali@archant.co.uk

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