Cyclists to set off from Croydon for 200 mile charity ride

Croydon Guardian: The group from last year's trip The group from last year's trip

A group of cyclists are to set off for a 200 mile charity ride to Arnhem in the Netherlands.

The 25 cyclists include nine officers and staff from the Metropolitan Police in Croydon and Sutton.

Those in the sadle include Croydon Deputy Borough Commander Superintendent Rob Atkin and Sutton Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Guy Ferguson.

The pair will be joined by employees from Croydon Council on the ride, which marks the 68th anniversary of Operation Market Garden: 'A bridge too far.'

This year marks the fifth consecutive year Croydon police have organised the trip with their counterparts in Holland.

The cyclists hope to raise £6,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The group will set off from Croydon Clock Tower at 10am on Wednesday and will ride to Harwich, Essex, where they will catch an overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland.

Arriving on Thursday morning, the team will continue on-bike and arrive in Arnhem that evening.

On Friday, the team will meet representatives from the Dutch Police, as well as Arnhem and Croydon's Mayor.

A wreath laying ceremony will be held on the John Frost Bridge to remember all those involved in the World War II operation.

Organiser, Sergeant George Shannon of Croydon police said: "The reason we make this trip is to remember the incredible feats and sacrifices made by the allied forces during Operation Market Garden in World War II.

"Croydon is twinned with Arnhem and over the past five years we have teamed up with our colleagues from Arnhem’s local police force, and pay our respects on behalf of the Met police by laying a poppy wreath on the John Frost Bridge."

To sponsor the team visit justgiving.com/arnhem2012

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