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Big Bike Ride challenge held in memory of headteacher

PUBLISHED: 14:01 05 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:01 05 June 2019

Cyclists start the final 12-miles of the bike ride from Snape Maltings
Pictures: Big Bike Ride

Cyclists start the final 12-miles of the bike ride from Snape Maltings Pictures: Big Bike Ride

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A group of cyclists saddled up to raise funds in memory of a much-loved headteacher, who died of cancer.

Cyclists line up to start the bike ride from Snape Maltings
Pictures: Big Bike RideCyclists line up to start the bike ride from Snape Maltings Pictures: Big Bike Ride

The third annual Big Bike Ride was held over the weekend of May 25/26, with 60 cyclists travelling through the Suffolk countryside.

Kate Woodruff was the headteacher of Bramfield CEVC Primary School until she lost her battle with cancer in October 2016.

An inaugural 200-mile Big Bike Ride across Norfolk and Suffolk was held in May 2017 with more than 200 cyclists raising an extraordinary £53,000.

Now the cyclists have raised almost £60,000 over three years of fundraising in memory of Mrs Woodruff.

On Saturday, May 25 20 cyclists travelled 63-miles from Darsham to Harwich. On May 26 they continued from Harwich to Snape Maltings, crossing three rivers by ferry. At Snape they were met by a further 40 cyclists, mostly children from Bramfield Primary School, who continued the bike ride for the last 12 miles, finishing at Haw Wood Farms Caravans and Camping near Darsham.

The cyclists have so far raised £4,000 to be split between St Elizabeth Hospice, who cared for Mrs Woodruff in her final weeks, and Bramfield Primary School, where an Early Years facility dedicated to her started construction last month.

Event organiser Georgina Harrison said: "This is a huge achievement for lots of people, physically and mentally, but it has also been a very emotional experience seeing so many people honouring Kate.

"It is one that I'll never forget."

If you'd like to make a donation, please visit www.katewoodruffbbr.muchloved.com

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