An annual charity bike ride held in Lincolnshire since 2019 has taken a high flying turn for 2023 in celebration of the county's unique RAF heritage.
The 60 and 100 mile routes of the annual JETRide challenge will this year take riders through the quaint villages of rural Lincolnshire while passing through eleven of the Bomber County's most poignant heritage sites, including Harmston Hall, RAF Wellingore and RAF Swinderby.
Riders will be given the opportunity to learn more about the region's rich military history and they can also dedicate their ride to a forgotten hero or military veteran linked to their family.
This inclusive ride welcomes everyone from seasoned club riders to the occasional cyclist, and entry includes regular newsletters with event information, mechanical and nutritional advice and fundraising tips, delicious feed stations en route, a finisher prize, finisher's food and a thrilling flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (weather permitting).
Event organiser, Dunc Mason, says: "JETRide is a fantastic event with a great atmosphere which has raised over £40k since its inception. This year, we want to take JETRide to the next level, offering a unique perspective of Lincolnshire's rich military history, whilst attracting even more riders and raising more vital funds to help young people who need JET's support across the UK."
JETRide is organised by the youth charity Jon Egging Trust, with the ride raising funds to support disadvantaged and under-confident students to take part in the trust's three-year Blue Skies programmes.
JET CEO, Dr Emma Egging, says the charity - which was founded in memory of her late husband, Red Arrows pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging - maintains strong links with the RAF.
"From our founding story in 2011, to our current Blue Skies programmes which are often led by inspiring military volunteers, the RAF sits at the heart of the Jon Egging Trust," says Emma.
"Our JETRiders often have a strong connection to the RAF too; many are serving members, veterans, or part of the wider RAF family, and we're pleased to celebrate this connection. Just as our war heroes brought hope for the future, so money raised from JETRide 2023 will help support young people from across the UK towards their own brighter futures."
JETRide takes place on Sunday 24th Sept, starting from RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.
For more details and to book your place, visit the event website at joneggingtrust.org.uk/JETRide.