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Bikers rally around for Essex Air Ambulance
THOUSANDS of motorcycles roared across the county to raise money for Essex Air Ambulance.
The 13th Motorcycle Run from Ford Dunton Technical Centre to Harwich Green attracted more than 4,000 bikes and 3,000 spectators as they descended on Harwich for an afternoon of entertainment on Sunday.
Before riders started their 62-mile journey audiences got a taste for adrenalin watching Mark Chennell, also known as Sparky Stuns, perform an explosive motorcycle display.
Essex Air Ambulance crew performed a call out scenario in real time to show spectators how the helicopter and paramedics deal with an incident.
The charity’s chief executive Jane Gurney was the first to cross the finish line in Harwich and made her entrance on the back of a Goldwing bike.
The event, in its tenth year at Harwich Green, welcomed Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Hope Murphy to perform on stage. Bands ‘Squabbler’ and ‘Soulved’ and Team Kinetix also played live.
Youngsters took part in giant football and skittles, plus arts and crafts, while bike enthusiasts could take a look around merchandise stalls and motorcycle displays.
Wendy Marcon, events manager for Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Trust, said: “It went really well. Harwich Green was absolutely mobbed. I think there was more people at the finish line than last year.
“The real life scenario we set up brought the message home about what the air ambulance is all about.
“We are a much loved charity and do a lot of fun things but it all comes down to raising money so people can save lives - that it what we work so hard for.
“I want to thank everyone for coming to the event. It was great to see so many local people come to support us. That is what makes a difference.”