The roads in and around the Romney Marsh were awash with colour this morning, as over 400 riders took part in the Folkestone and Channel Rotary Marsh 50 mile challenge.

wit riders ages ranging from 6 to 80 the weather did not stop the riders who helped to raise money for this years charity, Kent Air Ambulance trust.

Over the past five years that the event has run over £25,000 has been raised for local good causes.

the Rotary club chose the Kent air ambulance as this years charity to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the service, with the two helicopters being on call 24 hours a day across the South East and

funded entirely from volunteer donations. It now costs a staggering £6.5 million pounds a year to keep the service flying in what some people think is an essential service, on the Marsh when it can take over half an hour to reach hospital by traditional ambulance.

With riders given 3 options of either a 50 mile, 30 mile or 10 mile course they all set off at regular intervals. The spectators were kept up to date with what was happening with the Looker providing commentary with our Editor David Wimble and ably assisted by Steve Bolton. For a full report and list of team times look in the next edition of The Looker