You will find out about all the exciting stuff going on with the RSPB in the east of the UK. We cover our sites in the following counties: Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, and some of our great Lincolnshire ones. So if you are if you have never heard of the Strumpshaws and Snettishams or Stour Estuary or Sutton Fens here is you chance.
Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Manager
It was full of highs and lows, sweat, smiles and cheers, but we made it! The EastCoasters completed their relay from RSPB Minsmere to RSPB Titchwell in 10 hours and 45 mins on Sunday 29 May. The weather was kind to us, there was a little breeze blowing but that certainly didn’t knock anyone’s enthusiasm!
Becky set off at the unsociable hour of 7.45am running the 7 miles to Blythburgh where she met John to hand over Albie, the fluffy albatross! John swiftly got the miles under his belt and under three hours later arrived beaming in Caistor. Lyndsey then took the baton (sorry, the albatross!) and started her rather blustery 9 mile leg to Horsey Beach. Setting a great pace, she was soon off the bike and handing over to Matt and the boys who took on a 15 mile leg to move the race up to Bacton. In an impressive team effort, the lads were thrilled to have completed the ride and Steve and Giles were soon on their way, running the penultimate leg to Trimmingham. With a cool 7 miles run in an admirable time, the baton was again passed over for the last time to Ian and Mike who set off to bike the final 34 miles to RSPB Titchwell!
Now, we musn’t neglect to tell you about our youngsters who did us all proud in Wells shaking tins and collecting even more cash for us. Battling against the holiday crowds and the looming clouds, the Murray/Ingham team flew the Love Nature flag talking to the public.
As the evening grew near, the cycling duo arrived at Titchwell just before 6.30pm, looking positively fresh-faced. A few cups of tea, some cakes and a bottle of fizzy pop later and we were all saying goodbye and heading home for a well deserved rest!
A huge thankyou to everyone who has donated and helped us to raise nearly £1200 for the RSPB, a fantastic achievement!
Special thanks go to; Becky Ingham (and her Mum and Dad for their breakfast!), John Sharpe, Lyndsey Symonds, Matt Howard, Chris Morgan, Adam Lemmon, Matthew Price, Steve Field, Giles McCathie, Ian Howe, Mike Auger, Adam Murray, Abi Pike, Elliot Murray, LuLu Ferguson, Dave Hawkins, Jackie Howe, Paul Howe, BBC Radio Norfolk and everyone who donated in support of the day.