Thursday, 2 October 2014

Record success for Air Ambulance bike ride


Nearly 300 riders got on their bikes on Sunday (September 28th) for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s annual Double 100 Cycle Challenge.

The 100-mile and 100km circular rides started and finished at the life-saving charity’s helicopter bases at Marden in Kent and Redhill in Surrey.

The routes passed through all counties covered by the air ambulance including the following towns and villages: Tunbridge Wells, Paddock Wood, Lamberhurst, Wadhurst, Crowborough, Hartfield, Forest Row, Turners Hill, Horley and Lingfield.

The first rider to complete the 100-mile route at Marden was Scott Sargent of main sponsors Fidelity Worldwide Investment while the first 100km finisher was Jonathan Miller of Whitehead Monckton Solicitors.

Other corporate teams who entered the event were Aylesford-based James Villas Holidays and Howard Cundey Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents.

Peter Ellis, from East Grinstead, Jeremy Lowe and Ian Weston, both from Polegate, were the first to complete the 100-miler at Redhill and Simon Tack, from Shepperton, was the first 100km finisher.

Organiser Julie Clare, of Air Ambulance Corporate Relations, said: “This year’s Double 100 was our biggest and best so far with a record number of entrants.

“We would like to thank all 280 riders who took part, and of course our sponsors, who helped make it a great success for the charity.”

Air Ambulance doctors, paramedics, staff and trustees were among the riders who tackled a total hill climb of 6,404ft.

And family and friends cheered as the riders finally crossed the finish line at the end of their epic journey, some of them 12 hours after they started.

Now in its fourth year, the Double 100 was also sponsored by Howard Cundey and supported by Halfords, the Asda Foundation, Warburtons and Southern Water.

Next year’s event will celebrate the air ambulance’s 25th anniversary and may include a 25-mile circuit for families.

To view our photos on Flickr please click here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kssairambulance/sets/72157648289078485/

If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833 or go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk

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