Five Hundred Riders Take to the Roads of South Norfolk
Five hundred cyclists took to the roads of South Norfolk on April 14th, 2013, for the second annual Hethersett 30/60 event.
Starting and finishing at Hethersett Social Club, the riders did either one lap (30 miles) or two laps (60 miles) of a circuit taking them from Hethersett to Wymondham, Spooner Row, Old and New Buckenham, Tacolneston, Bracon Ash, East Carleton and Ketteringham before returning to Hethersett.
A total of 320 riders set off on the 60 mile journey at 9 a.m and were followed by a further 180 on the single circuit ride which started two hours later.
Organiser Martin "Bart" Anderton said he had been delighted by the turnout, particularly taking into consideration the fact that a number of riders had been forced to drop out through the enforced change of date.
He is looking into the possibility of again increasing the number of participants for next year, although he was at pains to point out the need to ensure the safety of riders. A number of charities will benefit from the 2013 event with the primary charity being the Teenage Cancer Trust.
"We always seem to be over subscribed. Everyone seems to enjoy the event and it's great to see people taking to the roads in support," said Martin who admitted the course followed his training route for a number of high profile marathon cycle rides that he has undertaken in the past.
With the Hethersett 30/60 behind him for another year, Martin is working on similar events for Southwold on June 9th and King's Lynn later in the year.
The Hethersett 30/60 has become one of the highlights of the annual village sporting calendar. Local newspaper reporter Lucy Wright, who was covering the event, said she felt Hethersett must be the fittest village in the United Kingdom.