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Diss Cyclathon has won a national award

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Proud moment: The Cyclathon team accept the award.
Proud moment: The Cyclathon team accept the award.

Diss Cyclathon has won a national award.

The celebration of cycling, which in June this year saw more than 1,000 people of all ages take to the country lanes around Diss and enjoy cycling-related entertainment and refreshments in the park, has won the top spot in Cycling UK’s Volunteer Awards as: ‘Best Cycling Event’.

Alan Franks, one of the organisers who founded the event three years ago, said before the ceremony: “We’re flattered and somewhat amazed that we’ve been shortlisted for this award by Cycling UK.

A spokeswoman said today: "We won!!"

Cyclathon is a run by volunteers on a not for profit basis and raised over £30,000 in the three years for local charities and causes.

These ranged from donating to great local charities like East Anglia Air Ambulance to making sure every paper boy and girl had a free bike service and safety gear before the winter sets in.

“That a major national organisation like Cycling UK is even aware of us is amazing but to have shortlisted us for an award is truly humbling, ”added Mr Franks.

Diss Cyclathon competed against two other volunteer-led events for the title, which was announced at Cycling UK’s Big Bike Celebration in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Here's our video at the park event:

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