Octagon Cycling Does “The Double Ton”

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Octagon Cycling Club is looking for sponsors for its next big charity challenge: Cycling 200 miles in one day, in aid of East Anglia Air Ambulance & Beads of Courage.

Nearly fifty cyclists from Ely’s Octagon Cycling Club are each planning to pedal 200 miles in one day in June to raise money for two local charities. ‘The Double Ton’ will follow a route from Ely, taking in Swaffham, Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds and returning to Ely.

The fundraising group will set off from Ely Cathedral at 4am on Saturday 30th June aiming to return to the Cathedral by 8pm the same day.

Training has begun in earnest, with most riders going out every weekend come rain or shine, in order to acclimatise to the long distances involved, against potentially unpredictable Fenland winds or rain. During the recent cold snap, several riders were even spotted training in snow, and some are even prepared to ride through rain.

Octagon Cycling Club, raised over £14,000 in 2016 & £8000 for local charities during previous charity rides and is well known for fundraising as well as eating cake on their training rides.  This year they’re aiming to raise over £10,000. This will be shared between local charities East Anglia Air Ambulance and Beads of Courage.

Corporate sponsors are being sought, who will have their logos on the cyclists’ team kit in return for their donation.  Local businesses wishing to support can contact Octagon Cycling through the website: https://www.octagoncycling.com/double-ton

Any individuals who wish to make a personal donation can do so through the Just Giving site at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/octagon-cycling-club

Robin Jones, founder member of Octagon Cycling Club says they have been training hard for this event: “Some have made the ultimate sacrifice and given up cake and alcohol in January and we regularly cover 60-70 miles on weekend training rides.”

Octagon Cycling Club have elected to raise funds for East Anglia Air Ambulance this year, and Beads of Courage.

East Anglian Air Ambulance is the charity that runs essential air ambulance providing helicopter emergency medical services across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Founded in 2000, they’ve attended over 22524 missions across East Anglia.

Beads of Courage UK offers complete support and assistance for children with chronic and long term serious illness through Oncology/ Haematology, Burns, Cardiac, NICU, and Chronic Conditions programmes. They provide support to the emotional and social wellbeing of seriously ill children and their families, giving them recognition for their medical journey.