Biking in aid of air ambulance

PUBLISHED: 10:13 07 September 2007 | UPDATED: 21:48 29 May 2010

Riders line up for the start of the Motorcycle Run. Picture: SUBMITTED

Riders line up for the start of the Motorcycle Run. Picture: SUBMITTED

MOTORCYCLISTS from across Essex are being encouraged to take part in this year s Essex Air Ambulance Motorcycle Run, a huge fund-raising event. Last year 4000 people took part in the rally, making it a tremendous success and raising around £28,000. Organi

MOTORCYCLISTS from across Essex are being encouraged to take part in this year's Essex Air Ambulance Motorcycle Run, a huge fund-raising event.

Last year 4000 people took part in the rally, making it a tremendous success and raising around £28,000.

Organisers are hoping that the Motorcycle Run 2007, taking place on Sunday September 16, will be an even greater success and contribute towards the £105,000 running costs the Essex Air Ambulance needs every month.

The ride sets off at around 11am from Ford Dunton in Laindon, which is just north west of Basildon.

However, riders are recommended to get there for 8.30am as stunt rider Craig Jones will be putting on an impressive display of skill before the motorcycle run gets under way.

Riders will follow a route approved by Essex police travelling down the A127 to the A130 and on to the A12. From the A12 the bikes will be directed to Harwich on the A120, where more entertainment will greet the arriving bikers.

Essex Police are closely involved in the event. The force's Mick Green said: "We wish Essex Air Ambulance every success in their motorcycle run.

"Essex Police motorcyclists and the police helicopter will be on hand to ensure that all riders have an enjoyable day and ride considerately for the safety of all concerned."

Although it is a light-hearted event, riders' and other road users' safety is being taken very seriously.

Essex County Cllr Norman Hume, chairman of the Essex Casualty Reduction Board, said: "We want motorcyclists to enjoy themselves but always wear the correct protective clothing and to take additional training if they haven't already done so."

Entry is £5 per person and pre-entry forms are available at www.essexairambulance.

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