Wymondham Rugby Football Club cyclists’ pedal around Norfolk to benefit club’s new home
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A team of rugby players swapped their boots for bikes for a marathon 206-mile ride around Norfolk on one of the hottest days of the year.
The friends from Wymondham Rugby Football Club were raising money for the club's relocation to a new site just outside the town.
Adrian Anema, organiser, said: 'There's a bunch of us in the club who are keen cyclists and, a couple of years ago, we rode from the west coast of Wales all the way to Lowestoft. We wanted to follow that up with something special back here.
'Two hundred miles is more than I've ever ridden in a day and it was hard going in places, especially along the hilly bits in north Norfolk.
'The heat actually was fine when you were riding and we were drinking a lot of fluids, but as soon as you stopped it hit you.'
Eighteen riders took part, with 14 of them completing the full distance of the June 17 ride.
They started from Wymondham at 5am and got back to the club at 10pm, having burnt around 14,000 calories each.
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Mr Anema said: 'It was a fantastic effort by everyone and big thanks go to our support team, but the real achievements were by a couple of youngsters who came with us – Harry Meakin who's 16 completed the whole 206 miles while pulling his dad along.
'And Oliver Atkin who's 13 did the 100 miles to Cley and wanted to go on.
'You hear a lot of people moaning about teenagers and their lack of drive and adventure but Harry and Oliver were brilliant. What an achievement.'