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'Young people don't appreciate how sociable it is.' - Diss cyclathon attracts huge numbers

PUBLISHED: 16:16 23 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:19 24 June 2019

Alan, Ruth and Scarlett Carter at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Alan, Ruth and Scarlett Carter at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

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Diss Cyclathon notched up a few gears by welcoming record numbers to its cross country event.

James Walker, David Franks and Matthew Strange at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella WilkinsonJames Walker, David Franks and Matthew Strange at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

The event, now in its 4th year and winner of Cycling UK's 'Best Cycling Event 2018', offered routes from 5 miles to 100 miles from Diss Park.

Neil Collins, the event organiser, 49, said: "It's the best part in the country to cycle and a great way to see the countryside."

From left to right: Ethan, Julie, Robert and Lewis Garnham at the DIss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella WilkinsonFrom left to right: Ethan, Julie, Robert and Lewis Garnham at the DIss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

A fifth of cyclists had signed up for the 100 mile route, which takes in 8 market towns.

To cycle a route, attendees purchased a ticket with all proceeds going to mental health charity Mind.

From left to right: Kerry Lyme, Eve Cook and Ross Cook at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella WilkinsonFrom left to right: Kerry Lyme, Eve Cook and Ross Cook at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

The event was designed for people of all ages, with a particular emphasis on the younger generation.

Mr Collins said: "It's important to get young people active, and active outside. It's really sociable as you chat alongside each other."

Officers Alana Chapman and Matthew Cook from Diss police at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella WilkinsonOfficers Alana Chapman and Matthew Cook from Diss police at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

There were also food stalls, a beer tent and entertainment provided by local bands.

Claire Hewitt at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella WilkinsonClaire Hewitt at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Lloyd Platt and Rhys Lynn at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella WilkinsonLloyd Platt and Rhys Lynn at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Gavin and Jonah Graham at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella WilkinsonGavin and Jonah Graham at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Joe Peat and Neil Stevens at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella WilkinsonJoe Peat and Neil Stevens at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

John Craven and Phil Slattery at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella WilkinsonJohn Craven and Phil Slattery at the Diss Cyclathon. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

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