BBC Radio Suffolk staff will be cycling from AFC Sudbury to Bury Town via Hadleigh United to Leiston and Lowestoft Town for their own ‘Tour De Suffolk’ for their ’8 days a week’ appeal for Suffolk Family Carers. The epic 131-mile charity cycle ride will take place today (April 16) and see numerous BBC Radio Suffolk staff pedal around the county’s major non-League football grounds, all to raise as much money as possible for the campaign.
The route will start in the early hours at BBC Suffolk’s offices in Ipswich, before stopping off at all of the Ryman League clubs (AFC Sudbury, Bury Town, Leiston, Lowestoft Town and Needham Market) in the county, plus Thurlow Nunn League leaders Hadleigh United and the Suffolk FA headquarters in Stowmarket along the way, before ending the tour at the home of Lowestoft Town, Crown Meadow.
The route will be longer than any stage of last year’s Tour of Britain and one of the longest on the Tour De France, with the idea coming from sports reporter Ali Stafford, who soon persuaded Isaac Chenery to join him in the epic challenge. Chenery, who works on a number of shows across the station, said it was a training ride to Felixstowe that made the two realise just how tough the challenge is going to be. “No matter which way we went there seemed to be a hill to climb,” he said. “It doesn’t help that neither of us have the world’s greatest bikes, but one way or another, we will complete this massive challenge.” Others at BBC Radio Suffolk who have also accepted the challenge include Managing editor Peter Cook, Sports producer Graeme Mac, News editor Kate Arkell and journalist Jon Wright along with several others due to take part. Stafford said what started out as a simple idea has grown. “There’s no backing out now, at first everyone called us mad for coming up with this challenge but we’ve managed to convince others to join in and keep us company on the long journey around Suffolk.”
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To follow the team’s training via their Facebook page go to;
https://www.facebook.com/BBCSuffolkcycle or by following @bbcsuffolkcycle on Twitter.
Leiston FC Vets play their final home game of the season v Bury Town on Wednesday 23rd April Kick Off 7:30pm
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The Blues recovered from an early penalty miss and a half time deficit to claim all the points with three unanswered second half goals.
Photos from the game are available in the gallery section. With thanks to John Heald.
You still have time to donate to Blues defenders Joe Jefford and Adam Tann who will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday, April 13th. Joe will be running to raise money for Children with Cancer UK while Adam will be running for Orchid 'Male cancer awareness'. Please donate by visiting the following;
The club will be holding a bucket collections at the East Thurrock United home game and your contributions would be most appreciated.
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A goal in either half from Ryan Noy and John Kerridge ensured the Blues returned to winning ways.