More than £13,000 raised for charity over 10 years following last annual motorcycle ride in memory of biker Ashley Martin
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Hundreds took part in the last annual motorcycle event in memory of biker Ashley Martin - which has raised more than £13,000 for charity over the last 10 years.
The 45-year-old father-of-two tragically passed away in January 2009 on the A1198 at Papworth following an accident on his way to work.
The 10th and final annual Ashley Martin Memorial Ride-out took place on May 13 from Waterbeach to Hunstanton.
The event, organised by Ashley’s family and friends, became well established in the motorcycling community with hundreds of bikers attending each year.
The Magpas Air Ambulance has been the only beneficiary charity of the ride-out for the full 10 events.
One of Ashley’s friends, Sean Badcock, 45, took the event under his wing.
He said: “The amount of people who have attended the event has fluctuated over the years, but we always had a core group of supporters who knew Ash, who would be there rain or shine.
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“Other guys would turn up simply for the ride and some had even been treated by Magpas Air Ambulance themselves.
“If you speak to any biker in the Cambridgeshire area, they will know and enjoy the route up to ‘Sunny Hunny’. The moment that really stands out to me is when we all arrive as a big group onto the green at Hunstanton.
“After years of ride-outs, with hundreds of bikers taking part, the event has now come to a natural stop.
“It’s a double edged sword really - it’s sad that the event has ended but myself and Ash’s family also think it’s amazing that the ride-out has been going strong for 10 annual events.”
The Ashley Martin Memorial Ride-out has raised more than £13,000 for Magpas Air Ambulance in total.
When asked what riding out each year meant to Sean, he said: “It meant remembering someone I knew, who was taken too soon and doing my bit for a truly amazing charity.”
Ashley, who was a keen biker, had been involved in the motorcycle industry for several years and co-owned Wheelfit Motorcycles with his brother Garry.