Somerset Air Ambulance hold 54 mile coastal cycle challenge

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By abbie_wells | Monday, January 07, 2013, 15:59

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance are holding a repeat of their hugely successful Coast to Coast Cycle challenge fundraiser this May.

On Sunday 19 May keen fundraisers have the opportunity to challenge themselves and cycle 54 miles across some of the most stunning landscapes in Somerset and Dorset.

Starting at Watchet near Minehead the long cycle route will take you through a mixture of quiet lanes, busy roads, serious hill climbs and some scary descents.

For those who don't feel up to the 54 mile challenge, a shorter 11 mile route beginning at Drimpton in Dorset, also finishing at West Bay is open to applicants.

Last year, 543 cyclists of all ages and abilities covered 29,000 miles in less than 7 hours, equivalent to cycling around the world and more.

An incredible £56,000 in sponsorship money was raised for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the charity hopes that once again everyone entering the 2013 event will encourage friends and family to sponsor them.

Bernie Mitchell from Minehead Cycling Club joined in last year's event with the rest of his club. He said: "This event is brilliant! The route was incredible, the signposting was terrific and the cakes at the pit-stop were just like my mum used to make."

Only 600 places are available for the C2C challenge and demand is expected to be high. Anyone wishing to enter should complete on-line registration via the Charity's website as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance need to raise £1.5 million a year to keep their charity in the air.  They receive no Government or National Lottery funding and public donations and fundraising.

To register online, visit the charity's website: www.dsairambulance.org.uk or call: 01823 669604.  Alternatively you can email: c2c@dsairambulance.org.uk

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