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Air Ambulance Race from the Base event just days away

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s new event takes place this weekend, on Saturday, June 10, with participants able to register in person on the day itself.

‘Race from the Base’ is an ultra-cycling challenge with three different distances: 30km (The Circuit), 60km (The Cruise) and 100km (The Climb). All routes start and finish at Henstridge Airfield, the home of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance team.

The event will begin at 9.30am for those undertaking the 100km route, followed by a 10.30am start for the 60km and an 11.30am start for those completing the 30km.

There will also be an array of fun-filled activities and stalls within the ‘basecamp village’ located at the airfield for family and friend to enjoy while they wait for the race participants to return. Members of the public are also welcome, should they want to go along and show their support.

Henstridge Airfield Café will be open for food and drink, or people are welcome to bring along a picnic and sit and soak up the atmosphere. Entrance is free, although an optional donation to the life-saving charity would be welcomed.

Emma Jones, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “We are so excited to be holding this brand-new event to raise funds for the charity. It is shaping up to be not only one of the best cycle challenges in the South West, but also a big family event.

“Everyone wants to see where our life-saving crew are based, so having a cycle

challenge that starts and finishes at our airbase is simply fantastic! With three distances to choose from, cyclists of all abilities can take part – we can’t wait for next week and hope that you will join us for this special event.”

Entrance fees are adults: £25 (30km), £35 (60km), £40 (100km); under 16s: £10 (30km), £15 (60km). Please note, the 100km distance is not open to under 16s and all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

More information is available by emailing: or by calling: 01823 669604.

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