Inaugural Ouse Washes event raises more than £1,000

MP Stephen Barclay, Rotarian John Yates and Mark Nokkert, from the Ouse Washes Partnership.

MP Stephen Barclay, Rotarian John Yates and Mark Nokkert, from the Ouse Washes Partnership. - Credit: Archant

About 50 walkers, runners, and cyclists took part in the first Ouse Washes Experience fund raiser at the weekend.

Competitors prepare to take part in the inaugural Ouse Washes event

Competitors prepare to take part in the inaugural Ouse Washes event - Credit: Archant

Fine weather with a cooling breeze made for ideal conditions for the participants, fundraising for MAGPAS and other charities of their choice, with the option of 8.5km, 17km, or 32km routes along the washes, from Welney.

NE Cambs MP Stephen Barclay came along to wish everyone good luck and speed them on their way.

The oldest competitor, Ely artist Ted Coney, 70, not only completed the 32km circular route via Welches Dam and Manea Pits on his bike but cycled to and from Ely for the event as well – 42 miles in total.

The total sponsorship raised is about £1,000 which will be shared between MAGPAS and a number of local charities, some of whom had entered teams to raise money for themselves.

The inaugural event was judged a great success by all who participated, and it is hoped it can become an annual fundraising event for the Ely Hereward Rotary Club who organised it.