Forty bikes, forty police officers and staff, 400 miles and just four days. Put it all together and you have the latest challenge being taken on by the ‘Bobby on a Bike’ team.
‘Bobby on a Bike’ is run by Suffolk Constabulary dog handler PC Neil Smith and sees officers and staff from the force taking on cycling challenges for charity.
In 2013 it raised over £15,000 for ‘Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association’ (SSAFA) and to date, has raised over £110,000.
In May the team of forty is planning on cycling from Aldeburgh to Borth on the mid-coast of Wales, the equivalent of 400 miles. It’s the seventh May ride and is often claimed, by those who take on the challenge, to be one of the toughest multi-day rides in the UK.
The team is made up of officers and staff from forces including Devon & Cornwall, Greater Manchester, Lincolnshire and British Transport Police and even the Deputy Chief Constable from South Wales Police.
The event starts in Aldeburgh on the May 18, heading to Cambridge, continuing to Stratford Upon Avon on the 19th, through to the Brecon Beacons on the 20th, then across the breadth of Wales to Borth, just north of Aberystwyth on the coast on the 21st.
The chosen charity for this ride is the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) and people are encouraged to show their support to the riders by making a donation.
PC Neil Smith said: “This is the eleventh Bobby on a Bike event in 12 years and in that time we’ve cycled the west coast of America and across the width of America.
“The annual May rides are an ideal chance for a larger group of people to really test themselves and raise money for charity in doing so. The ride finds some of the toughest hills and steepest descents during its four days and has now been billed as one of the toughest multi-day events out there. It really pushes those taking part, both physically and mentally, but with many coming back to ride again, it is testament to what a great event it has become.”
Donations can be made by going to the website www.bobbyonabike.com or texting BOAB77 £5 to 70070. Each text will donate £5 to the charity.