It does not seem possible that a year has passed since the last one and yet Anglian Home Improvements is pleased to announce its 2013 sponsorship and support of Bobby on a Bike’s 6th ‘May Ride’ from Aldeburgh in Suffolk to Borth in Wales.
The 400 mile journey will start early morning on Sunday May 19th, leaving Aldeburgh (to the sounds of a Scottish piper in full tartan regalia) with a police escort leading the way out of the seaside resort.
After the amazing support from the 50 riders last year, a further 20 more riders have signed up for this year, making a total of 76 riders intending to complete the journey.
The riders will cycle for 4 days arriving in Borth, Wales on 22nd May, stopping as planned at the designated rest points to refuel and get prepared for the next leg of the journey, before bedding down each night under canvas.
Neil Smith, with the help of a number of helpers, is again organising this year’s Bobby on a Bike. Neil, a dog handler from Suffolk Constabulary has run this charity event for the last 11 years, raising money for numerous different charities over the years. This year’s ride is raising money for the SSAFA Forces Help.
Neil is always looking at ways to add a twist to the ride and this year in addition to the riders there will be a team of three intrepid runners, who will each run a ‘half marathon’ along the ride route each day.
It is the third time this route has been cycled and will be every bit as challenging as the two previous occasions. Initially riding through the flat terrain of Suffolk the journey gets progressively more demanding as it heads west through the hills and mountains in to Wales, finishing in Borth.
With a few of the cycling team struggling along the route last year, they are determined not to be beaten this year and hope that the extra training will have paid off.
Last years riders described it as;
‘The hardest 4 days of my life since Sandhurst.’
by another as…
‘The hardest thing I have ever done in my life…ever.’
and by many…
‘The best 4 days of my life.’
The Anglian Team for the 2012 ride
Last year 5 riders from Anglian joined the group, but this year only Stuart will be riding with the group. Others from the Anglian team have been bitten by the cycling bug, but have decided to do other rides which include; the Prudential Ride London 100 in August for the British Heart Foundation and an Ipswich to Paris ride in July for a charity called 4YP.
We would like to wish all riders well and will be keeping track of them during their ride. Watch out for our tweets on their progress.
If you would like to make a donation towards their fund raising…please click here.