Hundreds take part in the 34th Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride

HUNDREDS of people saddled up for the 34th Dorset Bike Ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Around 325 people took part in the charity run over the four distances.

The longer routes took cyclists through the Dorset countryside past villagers such as Cheselbourne, Puddletown, Bere Regis and Milborne St Andrew.

The ride started and ended at Corfe Mullen Recreation Ground and was expected to fetch over £35,000.

Event organizer Peter Smith-Nicholls said: “I’m really happy with how the day went.

“It’s such a massive event to organise, 110 miles of Dorset countryside. It’s always a huge relief when everything goes well and everyone is back safely.

Photo: Richard Crease

“The best part of the day was handing out the medals and congratulating and thanking each rider for helping Macmillan.

“The event started in 1989 with 42 riders from Corfe Hills School.

“One of those cyclists was Barrie Corbin and he volunteered over the years, he was 80 today so we had him start the race at 8am this morning.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated today and to all the volunteers who made this all possible.”

READ MORE: 30 years of Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride

Echo of Bournemouth: Photo: Richard CreasePhoto: Richard Crease

Riders rode 100 miles, 63 miles, 48 ​​miles, or 38 miles.

Jon, whose father was undergoing treatment for lung cancer, took up the challenge.

Jon said: “I’m starting the 63 mile journey today.

“It’s my second year of participating, I had a knee injury last year which I’ve just recovered well from, so I’m not expecting an amazing moment but I’m happy to participate.

“Macmillan is an important cause to me because five years ago my father was diagnosed with lung cancer and they supported our family not only physically but also emotionally.

“I want to help them raise as much money as possible so I can give something back to them.”

Echo of Bournemouth: Photo: Richard CreasePhoto: Richard Crease

Christopher, a cyclist taking part in the 48-mile race, said: “I’m really looking forward to doing the ride with my son Joe.

“There is already a great atmosphere here, the sun is shining and everyone is looking forward to getting started.

“This event is always brilliantly organized and a great ride, thank you Macmillan.”

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