The world will remember the fallen soldiers of the First World War when the centenary of the start of the conflict is marked later this year.
And for one Kirtling cyclist, paying tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for freedom will involve cycling hundreds of miles along the route of the Western Front to raise money for Help For Heroes.
Sarah Taylor, 27, will be one of 350 riders to take part in the Big Battlefield Bike Ride, an annual event organised by Help For Heroes to honour the sacrifices of past and current members of the armed forces.
She will cycle 335 miles from Brussels, through Arras and Paris, to Horse Guards Parade in London over seven days, from June 1 to June 8, and hopes to raise £3,000 for the charity.
“I took part in last year’s ride and it was such an amazing experience,” said Sarah, of Malting End.
“I wanted to take part because the armed forces do so much for us and I wanted to do something challenging. This his will do something for me and for a good cause. I felt it was the least that I could do. I’m hoping to raise as much as possible for next year.”
This year’s ride will visit the sites of First World War battlefields, including the Somme, where riders will be able to pay their respects at war memorials.
Sarah said: “Last year, there were historians dotted about the route talking about what happened and there were memorials at the end of each day to remember the soldiers.”
She has been busy training for the ride, which will see her cycle between 55 and 80 miles a day.
“I’m trying to find as many hills around Newmarket as possible and gradually building up my mileage week by week. Last year was gruelling. I came back a mess physically, but I know now what to expect so it will be a lot easier.”
To sponsor Sarah, visit www.bmycharity.com/TeamDitcherLass. For more information about the Big Battlefield Bike Ride, or to sign up, visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk.