The Cozens-Hardy Cycle Ride, which was held for the second consecutive year at Blickling Estate last month, has raised £1,193.86 for local cancer charity Big C.
Seen above are Anna Farquharson, Marketing Partner, handing over our cheque to Big C's deputy CEO, Nikki Morris.
Over 200 riders turned out on Sunday 19th July to ride one, two, or three idyllic 25-mile routes, each of which started and finished in the beautiful surroundings of the National Trust Estate.
Notwithstanding the proliferation of cycle events in the region this year – and a wet start to the day – a total of 221 riders took part and, by doing so, have helped to improve the lives of those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney.
Anna Farquharson, Marketing Partner Cozens-Hardy LLP:
“It was a great day, with a mix of serious amateur cyclists and complete novices – and a huge variety of bikes from finely tuned racers to people on their shoppers. I was particularly pleased to hear riders commenting on how well run the day was and how much they enjoyed the routes.”
Rachel Francis, Community Fundraiser for Big C:
“Big C is thrilled to be the charity partner of the Cozens-Hardy Bike Ride. Every year this great event brings cycling enthusiasts together at the wonderful base of Blickling Estate to raise money to help those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney, We’d like to say a special thank you to all the organisers, participants and supporters for raising such a fantastic amount.”
Centred on an event village that featured Feast on the Street traders Hushwing Café and the Proper Pizza Co, the Cozens-Hardy Cycle Ride event was inaugurated last year specifically to appeal to people of all ages and abilities. Next year it is hoped to extend the event’s appeal for families by introducing a shorter, 10-mile road route as well as an off road ‘treasure hunt’ route around Blickling Estate.
As Sara Flatt, Regional Events Officer for British Cycling enthused:
“The Cozens-Hardy Cycle Ride was a resounding success again this year attracting riders of all ages and abilities all of whom loved the event format and the chance to explore Norfolk’s quiet lanes. It was lovely to see familiar faces returning from last year’s event and we look forward to the sportive becoming a firm fixture in the cycling calendar.”