BBC staff’s ‘Tour De Suffolk’ around county’s Isthmian League grounds

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BBC Radio Suffolk staff will be cycling from AFC Sudbury to Bury Town via Hadleigh United to Leiston and Lowestoft Town for their own ‘Tour De Suffolk’ for their ’8 days a week’ appeal for Suffolk Family Carers.

The epic 131-mile charity cycle ride will take place next Wednesday (April 16) and see numerous BBC Radio Suffolk staff pedal around the county’s major non-League football grounds, all to raise as much money as possible for the campaign.

The route will start in the early hours at BBC Suffolk’s offices in Ipswich, before stopping off at all of the Ryman League clubs (Lowestoft, Leiston, Bury and Sudbury) in the county, plus Thurlow Nunn League leaders Hadleigh United and the Suffolk FA headquarters in Stowmarket along the way, before finishing at Crown Meadow, the home of Lowestoft Town.

The route will be longer than any stage of last year’s Tour of Britain and one of the longest on the Tour De France, with the idea coming from sports reporter Ali Stafford, who soon persuaded Isaac Chenery to join him in the epic challenge.

Chenery, who works on a number of shows across the station, said it was a training ride to Felixstowe that made the two realise just how tough the challenge is going to be.

“No matter which way we went there seemed to be a hill to climb,” he said.

“It doesn’t help that neither of us have the world’s greatest bikes, but one way or another, we will complete this massive challenge.”

Others at BBC Radio Suffolk who have also accepted the challenge include: managing editor Peter Cook, sports producer Graeme Mac, news editor Kate Arkell and journalist Jon Wright, with several others due to take part.

Stafford said what started out as a simple idea has grown.

“There’s no backing out now, at first everyone called us mad for coming up with this challenge, but we’ve managed to convince others to join in and keep us company on the long journey around Suffolk.”

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You can also follow the team’s training via their Facebook page — or by following @bbcsuffolkcycle on Twitter.