Ipswich Hospital 3-Day Challenge


Bergholt, Boxford, Bramford, Brantham, Capel, Claydon, Debenham, Framlingham, Grundisburgh, Haughley, Kirton, Kesgrave, Lavenham, Martlesham, Needham Market, Saxmundham, Shotley, Somersham, Sproughton, Stradbroke, Stowupland, Washbrook, Woolverstone and Woodbridge – what do they have in common apart from being attractive places in Suffolk?

They are all ward names at Ipswich’s Heath Road hospital and Nick Hulme, the chief executive there, had the idea of cycling to all of them over three days. He has agreed to lead by example and is taking on this 200 mile challenge and is looking for people to join him on all 3 days or on the Sunday, with each day starting and finishing at the hospital.

Day 1: Friday 26th June will be approximately 72 miles.
Day 2: Saturday 27th June is approximately 75 miles.
Day 3: Sunday 28th June is approximately 53 miles.

Days 1 and 2 include morning tea and a lunch stop, day 3 has a morning food stop and a final celebration back at the hospital at the end of the ride.

The rides are supporting the Sunrise Appeal which is for the neonatal and paediatric units at the hospital. There is more information online, where you can also download a sponsorship form, set up your own Justgiving page, or simply make a donation to the appeal.

The organisers are also looking for volunteers to help on the days with the start and finish as well as the food stops, putting out signage, being a marshall on the route, helping with First Aid, and other tasks. You can volunteer by emailing or phoning (01473) 702930.

And of course, if you live in any of the named places, it would be great if you would cheer on the cyclists as they come through.


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