2020 Ruff Stuff
Forest Cycle & Walk Event
WIN : A VIP trip to see the air ambulance HQ
Regrettably due to the difficulty and uncertainty of running mass events due to the pandemic it has been decided to cancel the usual format of the cycle event. At the height of the pandemic our front line NHS services played a heroic and critical role to keep us all safe. There were numerous examples of NHS staff putting the wellbeing of others first before themselves. It seemed obvious to the Rotary club we needed to repurpose the usual cycle ride so that we can raise money to support our front line services.
We launched the event in October and received a number of requests to open the event up to walkers and families. In addition with the new lockdown measures introduced in November, we decided to add a new walking route and extend the event until the end of February 2021.
Using the Cycle Event to Support the Air Ambulance.
The Air Ambulance is one of these critical front line services that played a crucial role during the pandemic. It also has many examples of coming to the aid of serious accidents with cyclists which has saved many lives
Therefore we have reached out to team up with East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), and all proceeds will be donated to the EAAA fundraising appeal.
The 2020 Cycle & Walk Event Format
As we cannot safely hold mass gatherings, we are asking all the usual cycle/walking participants to follow the same route on a day and time of their choice between October and November 2020.
The gives you the flexibility of still participating by yourself, or, meeting up with your usual groups of friends who may be within your "bubble". Either way you can still get out and enjoy the forest trail.
Therefore we are asking that you donate the usual entry fee to the East Of England Air Ambulance on registration. When you do so you will also be entered into the prize draw to win a prize. Additionally, we are hoping that participants can also raise additional funds via sponsorship by reaching out to all their friends on social media to support them taking part in the event. For those raising additional sponsorship the EAAA have agreed to offer a VIP visit as a prize to those who have helped raise the most via sponsorship, or a donation.
The routes are in the forests near woodbridge starting from Butley Village Hall (IP12 3PA), 7 miles east of Woodbridge (Map ref 3693 5110). All routes start from Butley, except the 5 mile walking route which starts from Lower Hollesley Common.
Cyclists :The basic cycle route is 25 Miles and there is also an extra 5 Mile challenge for those looking for a more demanding route.
Walkers : You can choose 2 different routes. For a family with young ones you can do the 5 mile route (Note 6 mile to included walking to/from start). If you wish a longer route we have added a 10 mile route.
VIP Visit To East Anglian Ambulance Helicopter Airport
The East Anglian Air Ambulance have donated very special prize for the person who raises via sponsorship, or donates the highest amount. The winner plus a guest will be offered a visit to view the new facilities at Norwich Airport and hopefully of course the helicopter*. The visit will be on a date to be arranged, most likely Spring/Summer of 2021.
* The availability of the helicopter cannot be fully guaranteed on the day if it is needed on a call out for an operational emergency. It is likely to return to base, but again, cannot be guaranteed. Nonetheless, there will be other things to see
Everyone who registers, donating their entry fee, will be entered into the special prize draw. You will have the chance to win one of a number of great prizes. We are working with the air ambulance and other sponsors, and will update the actual prizes very shortly.
Registration and payment for entry fees are now online. We are asking for you to donate the usual fee.
Cyclists : Adults £10, and under 16 £5
Walkers : Adults £10, or £25 for a family
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