800 bikers ride 60 miles from Welwyn Garden City to North Weald for charity

PUBLISHED: 10:36 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:08 25 May 2017

The bikers riding through Welwyn Garden City.

The bikers riding through Welwyn Garden City.

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Hundreds of bikers took on a 60-mile ride from Welwyn Garden City to North Weald to raise operational funds for the Air Ambulance.

Riders showing their support at the finish line.Riders showing their support at the finish line.

Accompanied by Hertfordshire Constabulary officers, 800 bikers set out from Police HQ in Welwyn Garden City on Sunday morning, meaning the event Run has doubled in size from 2016.

At the finish line, they were greeted by hundreds of people at the North Weald Family Fun Day.

As well as a sponsored Ambulance Pull by two female paramedics, the 3,000 attendees were treated to displays from 2Bros Stunt Team and Essex MotoGymkhana.

Live music was courtesy of Missing Cat, Honest John and Just for Kicks, and there was an inflatable zone for children to enjoy in the sunshine.

The ride out was led by Hertfordshire Constabulary officers.The ride out was led by Hertfordshire Constabulary officers.

At first count, the event has raised over £10,000, with more sponsorship money expected over the course of the next few weeks. With each mission for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance costing approximately £2,700, this single event may have funded a further five missions for the charity, which averages 1,000 missions every year.

Jen Wall, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance events and volunteer manager, said: “We were absolutely blown away by the attendance at this year’s Motorcycle Run and North Weald Family Fun Day.

“The event has doubled in size since last year, and we hope this community of bikers will be able to continue to grow.

“We can’t wait to welcome even more people to Police HQ and North Weald Airfield in 2018.

“A huge thank you goes out to the Herts Constabulary, who made sure our riders were safe on the day, the brilliant Sarah Ford and Emma-Louise Bowing-Hilson, who put on an incredible show with the sponsored Ambulance Pull, and to our brands and suppliers.

“Events like these wouldn’t be possible without our headline sponsors, Woodland Group and Palmers, better known as Hertfordshire Triumph, and we are incredibly thankful for their support.”

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