After the pause that was imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the air ambulance charities are back with a bang with their fundraising efforts. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance held the most recent in the series. Their annual Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge was held recently and witnessed participation from all around the region and beyond. It was held on a Sunday. The cyclists were expected to cover a total of 55 miles from Watchet Harbor to West Bay. There was also a shorter route of 11 miles from Royal Oak pub to West Bay.
The Enthusiasm for the Air Ambulance Event was Huge
The fundraising event saw massive participation and interest from people. Some of them stood well apart from the others. For instance, Stuart rode the entire distance of 55 miles on a tricycle powered by hand pedals. He was, unfortunately, involved in an accident earlier which had left him with brain and back injuries. Stuart had fallen off a roof. That said, it was not the first time that Stuart had participated in the event. While Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge is in its 11th year, Stuart had been a part of it four times earlier.
The Cycling Route is Quite Picturesque
The people who take part in the event swear by the uniqueness of its experience. Cyclists course through steep hilly areas and steep slopes while being surrounded by the stunning countryside of Somerset and Dorset.
There were showers during the event but had failed to snuff out the spirit of the participants. In fact, some found it more exhilarating due to the showers. Some of the participants had a close connection with the air ambulance charity as patients who had previously availed the service. For others, it was in honor of their loved ones whose lives had been touched by the charity.