Two of Suffolk's editors have accepted the challenge to take part in this year's Suffolk Historic Churches Trust (SHCT) Bike Ride, which will be held on Saturday, 12th September.
The ride was launched with a photo call at The Unitarian Meeting House, Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD on Friday, 3rd July. Attending, with their bikes, were Terry Hunt, the editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, and Peter Cook, the editor of BBC Radio Suffolk, along with the Bike Ride Chairman, Patrick Grieve.
Thousands of cyclists of all ages will take part in the annual Bike Ride, and will be planning their routes and signing up sponsors from now until Bike Ride day. Sponsor forms are now available in Suffolk churches or from SHCT, and participants can choose which local church will receive half of their sponsor money. The remainder goes to SHCT to be given out as grants for essential repairs. Riders can also collect sponsorship via Just Giving.
"I have done the SHCT Bike Ride only once before – and that was 30 years ago," admitted Terry Hunt. "Frankly, it's a shameful record, and one I'm determined to put right. I have no excuses – I have a decent bike and have been putting in some road miles. What better way is there to raise money for such an important cause? I'm really looking forward to it.''
"I'm delighted to be taking part in the Bike Ride." added Peter Cook. "It'll be family day out, cycling around the lanes of south Suffolk, visiting some amazing churches and raising money at the same time."
The annual Ride, which began in Suffolk but has now spread across England, appeals to families, local history lovers, keen cyclists, church supporters and those who just enjoy an annual ride around the villages and towns of Suffolk.
Those who prefer can walk around their chosen route and disability scooters are also welcome.
"The Sponsored Bike Ride, which takes place on Saturday, 12th September, is a marvellous opportunity for all the family to be out on the roads and lanes of Suffolk discovering the delights of the countryside, getting good exercise and supporting our ancient churches and chapels with the money you raise," added Patrick Grieve. "The churches are your history, help to be their future."
Routes are decided by each cyclist (or walker), incorporating stops at some of over 500 Suffolk places of worship that will be open to receive them and cyclists and walkers can get more details from their SHCT Bike Ride Local Organisers, by phoning 01787 883884 or via this website.