Norfolk cyclists brave heatwave for disabled people

21 June 2017

Cyclists at the finishing lineDespite temperatures hitting the 30s this weekend, hundreds of cyclists of all ages and abilities defied the scorching heat to pedal the West Norfolk countryside, raising thousands of pounds for disabled people.

Held on Sunday 18 June, Leonard Cheshire Disability’s annual Cycle Together Sandringham event attracted over 300 resilient riders to the beautiful West and North Norfolk countryside, with routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles. 

So far, £8,000 has been raised for the charity’s inclusive Park House hotel in Sandringham, to help create new outdoor facilities for disabled guests so they can enjoy the beautiful settings, and sponsorship money is still coming in.

Cycle together cyclistsCyclist Roger Colman, 53 from Rugby took on the 50-mile route and said:

‘I really enjoyed the ride at the weekend.

‘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.’

The youngsters 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 Reggie Gray, aged 80, completing the 10 mile route.

Russ on his bike outside Park House HotelRuss, 81, and his wife Jean, who is a wheelchair user, were staying at Park House and were also at the event.

Russ cycled the 25-mile route, saying he loves Park House and wants to still be cycling when he’s 90.

He said:

‘It was a most enjoyable bike ride, through some very scenic countryside.

‘Following a shorter previous stay at Park House, I spotted a leaflet for Cycle Together Sandringham and as a keen cyclist I thought it might be ideal to combine this event with our next holiday.’

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.’

Hotel visitor Joy Frith said:

‘When you come to Park House it doesn’t take you long to realise that you are staying at a very special place.

‘It’s a holiday that’s inclusive in the true sense of the word.’

Every route 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.

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