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Fire service’s charity cycling challenge celebrates 10th anniversary

Entries for this year’s Fire Ride are now open, enabling Suffolk residents to show their support for firefighters past and present by taking part in the event on Sunday, July 9.
Published: 24 May 2023

Novice cyclists, seasoned pros, or those just looking to get back into the saddle are invited to sign up for the charity cycle ride in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.

Riders will set off from Haverhill Fire Station before enjoying stunning scenery as they travel through west Suffolk’s countryside, with participants able to choose from a 35 or 75-mile route.

On completion of the cycle, limited edition finishers medals will be awarded, and the Salvation Army will serve refreshments. The friends and families of participants can also stay for a drink and take a behind-the-scenes tour of Haverhill Fire Station – making it a great day out for both cyclists and spectators.

Jon Lacey, Chief Fire Officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said:

"I am delighted that the Fire Ride is celebrating its 10th year, having been set up by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Staff in 2013.

“This is a really fun event to help raise vital funds for The Fire Fighters Charity, which offers invaluable support to both former and serving fire staff and their loved ones, to help them overcome physical and mental health difficulties, as well as any other challenges that they may face.

“Our fire service is always humbled by the gratitude we receive from our communities, and signing up to take part in the ride is a fantastic way for people to lend their support and show their appreciation for the work we do.”

Of the £25 entrance fee, no less than 85% will go to The Fire Fighters Charity and, whilst fundraising isn’t compulsory, any rider who raises £150 or more for The Fire Fighters Charity will receive a red jersey as a thank you.

Councillor Andrew Reid, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Public Protection, commented:

“Cycling is a great way for people to start their journey on to fitness and, like other exercise such as parkrun, supports Suffolk County Council’s ongoing ambition to look after the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“Suffolk is fortunate enough to host stage five of this year’s Tour of Britain, which I hope will inspire people to take up their own challenge and give this year’s Fire Ride a go in aid of a very worthy cause.

“I would like to thank Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service for staging the Fire Ride since 2013, the success of which has been a testament to staff’s willingness to help others, despite having incredibly demanding day jobs.”

Anyone wishing to join the Fire Ride should visit for further information and to book their place.