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Major Cycling Event for Hethersett

Hethersett event organiser Martin Anderton (in front) during his marathon London to Amsterdam ride

Hethersett will be the start and finish point for a major South Norfolk cycle event in 2012.

The Hethersett 30/60 will take place on 18th March over a road circuit that starts and finishes at Hethersett Social Club and takes in Attleborough, Old and New Buckenham, Tacolneston, Mulbarton and East Carleton before returning to the village. Participants will be able to chose between one circuit (30 miles) or two circuits (60 miles). It is hoped to start by riding round parts of Hethersett so that residents will have the chance to cheer the riders on.

There will be a carnival atmosphere to the event with riders being welcomed back by a band and all those completing the course will receive a certificate and medal. There will also be a barbecue at Hethersett Social Club. Riders can also use the event to raise money through sponsorship for their own chosen charities.

Entry fees will be 10 for one circuit and 15 for two circuits. The course will be marshalled with medical back-up and refreshment stations. Riders entering before 10th December will also be entered into a prize draw to win a 30 Waitrose voucher.

The event is being organised by Martin Anderton who is no stranger to marathon cycle events, having cycled 330 miles in 48 hours from London to Amsterdam earlier this year to raise money for the Scope charity which supports disabled people and their families. He is now in training to ride from London to Paris in 24 hours next July and is being sponsored by Trentham Foods Ltd to make the journey on a folding Brompton Bike. Martin admits that long distance cycling is in his blood "I do it because it is there. I really don't know what I will undertake next. Maybe I will do Lands End to John O Groats, At the same time it gives me the opportunity to raise money for the Scope charity. I recognise the great work they do and what they are trying to achieve and want to support them as much as I can," he said.

London to Paris on a folding bike - Martin Anderton's next challenge


Martin explained that the Hethersett 30/60 event is open to anyone who can ride a bike and not just elite cyclists: "The event is not a race and is open to all abilities. It gives riders the chance to raise money for charity, or take part in the memory of a loved one or to use it as a training run or to just go out and have fun," he said. It is hoped the event will attract up to 300 participants

Those taking part must be over 18, however. The event is being sponsored by Almary Green Independent Financial Advisers and supported by a number of groups including British Cycling, Scope, Slimming World, St John Ambulance, the Red Cat Partnership and Francis Wain Jewellers. Martin has set up a dedicated web site for the event which includes online registration at The event is also featured on Facebook and Twitter. Martin can be contacted for further information on 01603 814362 or 07949 611146 or e-mailed by clicking here

Martin is hoping that the event will leave a lasting legacy to inspire people to continue cycling. He is also encouraging local people to get on their bikes to cycle into work in Norwich from Hethersett: "There are good cycle paths between Hethersett and Norwich and I want to encourage people to get back onto their bikes. Some people are nervous about cycling into work but I am happy to accompany them to start with until they feel confident to do it themselves," Martin said.