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New fundraising event for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has launched a new fundraising event – Race from the Base.

Taking place at Henstridge Airfield on Saturday, June 10, 2023, the event is an ultra-cycling challenge with three different distances to choose from: 30km (The Circuit), 60km (The Cruise) and 100km (The Climb). All routes will start and finish at the airfield, which is 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 route and an 11.30am start for those completing the 30km route.

With a total of 500 places available, people can take part as a serious cyclist, or simply use it to have fun and exercise on what will hopefully be a beautiful day in June. Businesses or groups could use Race from the Base as an opportunity for team building, or in-house competitions with friends and colleagues.

The charity is asking anyone who gains a place, to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship for the air ambulance charity.

Emma Jones, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “We are so excited to be launching this brand-new event to raise funds for the charity. 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 in the challenge. We can’t wait for 10th June and hope that you will join us for this special event.”

Entrance fees are Adults: £25 (30km), £35 (60km), £40 (100km); Under 16’s: £10 (30km), £15 (60km).

The 100km distance will not be open to Under 16s. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

People can sign-up and register today by visiting:

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