Rain fails to put a dampener on DAAT charity ride

PUBLISHED: 17:30 17 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:01 18 May 2015

Hundreds of people turned out in force to support the DAAT cycle ride. Picture by Rosalie Francis.

Hundreds of people turned out in force to support the DAAT cycle ride. Picture by Rosalie Francis.

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Organisers project £3,000 has been raised from the ride, despite ‘wringing wet’ conditions.

Picture by Rosalie Francis.Picture by Rosalie Francis.

Nearly 300 people – most in fancy dress – have cycled in force to raise valuable funds for Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).

Organised by Honiton resident Adrian Phillips and his family, the ride was held on May 2, which was battered with atrocious weather.

Such was the impact of the rain and wind, Adrian and his son, Stuart, feared that no one would turn up to take part in the event, which is in its sixteenth year, with the Phillips family.

“Because of the weather, we did not think anybody would turn up,” Adrian said.

Picture by Rosalie Francis.Picture by Rosalie Francis.

“We only needed 50 riders to cover the expenses, but 298 officially signed up, which is only 12 less than last year.2

He added: “It was absolutely wringing wet, but I was shocked and well impressed by the numbers on the day.

“It is great to think that amount of people came out in the wind and the rain to support the air ambulance.”

Adrian said next year’s ride has already been arranged and has been given the date of April 30.

Picture by Rosalie Francis.Picture by Rosalie Francis.

This year’s ride is expected to raise around £3,000 for charity, with Adrian still waiting on a few sponsorship pledges to be cashed in.

He has expressed his thanks to everyone who turned out on the day, and specially thanked the pubs which allowed the riders to drop in during the ride.

“I would like to thank the volunteers that helped on the day and all of our sponsors,” Adrian added. “If it was not for them, the ride would not have taken place.”

Adrian also thanked his son Stuart for taking on most of the responsibility of organising and running this year’s ride.


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