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Twenty-seven mile charity cycle to make the trek to nine pubs

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More than 20 cyclists will tackle the 27-mile route.
More than 20 cyclists will tackle the 27-mile route.

More than 20 cyclists will take on a trip around nine Norfolk pubs tomorrow, with organisers insisting that water will be in higher demand than a pint.

The annual charity event will return for its sixth year with a 27-mile route to tackle.

Founded by Rickinghall resident Ben Hopwood, the fundraiser was inspired by his uncle, Jason Newman, who died in 2014.

"He did a lot of fundraising work for charity, and I often joined him," explained Mr Hopwood, 31.

"My uncle suffered from motor neurone disease, but was always very proactive raising money for good causes. I wanted to carry on the fundraising which he was so passionate about."

The main charity to benefit will be the Motor Neurone Disease Association, with money also going to children's cancer charities Clic Sargent and the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

"We hope to raise between £1,000 and £2,000," said Mr Hopwood.

"This year's event has the most cyclists we have ever had. We have 26 cyclists and they are all being sponsored to help the good causes we have selected to help.

"I don't think many of us will be stopping for a pint at each pub. I'm sure there will be one or two who will, but I think we'll need plenty of water instead."

Since its launch in 2013, the ride has started from the Cross Keys Inn, but has moved to The Bell Inn, in Rickinghall. The pub will be donating a percentage of the day's profits to charity.

Departing from the inn at noon, the cycle will take riders to The Vine in Hopton, then on to The Swan in East Harling, the Garden House and Barrel in Banham, The Red Lion in Kenninghall, The Kings Head in North Lopham, The White Horse in South Lopham and the Cross Keys in Redgrave, before returning to the Bell for a barbecue and live music from SaVi at 7.30pm.

"People really enjoy taking part and getting behind the riders – there are a lot of people who put a lot into it," added Mr Hopwood.

To sponsor a rider or to help out, contact Mr Hopwood on 01379 89844.

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