Hundreds get on their bikes for air ambulance

Hundreds of cyclists took part in the annual 54-mile ride from Watchet to West Bay at the weekend to raise money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge last Sunday attracted 548 cyclists – 525 on the long route and another 25 on an 11-mile route from Drimpton.

An electric atmosphere began building at West Bay as families, friends and colleagues began arriving in support of those taking part. They didn’t have to wait too long before the first male cyclist Martin Mitchell crossed the finish line at around 1.40pm. The first female to arrive at West Bay was Ros Willicombe.

The youngest individual cyclist was Reuben Foster who completed the 11-mile route, whilst twelve-year-old Archie Causley was the youngest to complete the 54-mile route. At 81 years young, Lindsay Fortune was the oldest participant on the day.

Once again, representatives from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance which included staff and a number of their Clinical Team joined in the event and cycled with their families and friends.

Of the many others who took part, there were former patients who had experienced the work of the air ambulance first-hand. Others cycled in memory of loved ones, as part of a team, or simply as a personal challenge to show their support for the life-saving Charity.

For more information go to the news section of the Air Ambulance website.

Next year’s event takes place on Sunday 12th May 2019. If any individuals or businesses are interested in helping or providing support, please email: